The latest stage of Elizabeth line opening means that direct services now connect Reading and Heathrow with Abbey Wood, without the need to change trains.
On Sunday November 6, three sections of the line were connected, enabling passengers to travel across London. Previously, anyone travelling from Heathrow or Reading had to change at Paddington.
Passengers from Shenfield in Essex can now reach Paddington without needing to change at Liverpool Street. Shenfield passengers can also travel to Reading and Heathrow by changing lines from the same platform at any central Elizabeth line station.
And passengers landing at Heathrow can now reach Farringdon in 40 minutes and Canary Wharf in 51 minutes.
Until this month, the line had been closed almost every Sunday for further testing. Transport for London said trains would now run every three to four minutes, seven days a week.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the latest extension of the scheme would “bring a huge boost to our city”, adding: “The Elizabeth line is helping to build a better London - a fairer, greener and more prosperous city. London benefits, but also if you live in the west in Reading, or in Shenfield if you live in Essex, or in Windsor, you benefit as well.”
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