TfL has announced the next stage in the opening of the Elizabeth Line – bringing direct services from Reading to Central London for the first time.

From Sunday, November 6, services will operate from Reading to Abbey Wood which will stop at Paddington, the new Bond Street station, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel before heading south east through Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich to Abbey Wood at the other end of the line.

Reading to Bond Street will take 64 minutes. For journeys to stations east of London and towards Shenfield, passengers can change at any of the Central London stations. Trains will also operate from Heathrow to Abbey Wood.

Sunday services will start at the same time and frequency of trains throughout the week will increase from 12 per hour to up to 22 per hour in peak times and 16 per hour during off-peak.

The final timetable, in which 24 trains per hour will run during the peak between Paddington and Whitechapel, is on track to be in place by May 2023.

Andy Byford, London’s transport commissioner, said: “When we delivered on our promise to open the central section of the Elizabeth Line in the first half of this year, I further promised that Bond Street station would open this Autumn and that the next phase of the line opening would also be achieved within that timeframe.

“I am excited to see the Elizabeth Line unlock quicker and better journey options, greater accessibility and further connectivity to jobs and leisure for even more people. This will be another giant leap for London’s public transport system, which supports economic growth in the capital and right across the country.”

A TfL Go app with journey planner has been made available.

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