The Elizabeth line continues to transform travel in London and the South East, as it becomes one of the busiest railways in the UK, after seeing over 100 million journeys since entering passenger service in May 2022.
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Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the Elizabeth line has seen over 100 million journeys since its launch in May 2022. Data from TfL reveals that the ridership on the line is above expected levels, with around 600,000 journeys made each day, making it one of the busiest railways in the UK.
The five most popular journeys on the Elizabeth line include Tottenham Court Road, with the most popular journey being from Tottenham Court Road to Stratford, which has propelled the station into the top five most-used stations in the TfL network.
In addition, the Elizabeth line has also been hailed as transformative for businesses in and around the new stations. It connects financial centres, business and event hubs, cultural and creative areas, and improves access to Heathrow Airport for customers and businesses. With a performance rating of 93%, as shown by data from the most recent four week period, and high customer satisfaction, the railway has consistently provided reliable service.
TfL will be introducing the final version of the Elizabeth line timetable on 21 May 2023, increasing the capacity of central London’s rail network by around 10% and introducing direct services from Shenfield to Heathrow Airport during the off-peak. The final timetable will remove any significant dwell times and increase the service in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel to up to 24 trains per hour during the peak.
Elizabeth line to further transform travel across London and beyond with integration of services
Seb Dance, London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “I’m so proud that we’ve now seen more than 100 million journeys since the line opened in May last year (2022). The Elizabeth line’s speedy and reliable trains, combined with the excellent accessibility for passengers is helping to encourage people on to public transport, increasing the capacity of TfL’s network, and supporting businesses right across the city.”
Richard Holden, Transport Minister, said: “100 million journeys in less than a year is absolutely astounding – working out at almost 400,000 journeys every day, I’m delighted that the government played a part through its crucial £9 billion investment. It’s clear that the line has already had a transformational impact on travel across London and the South East, better connecting people while also creating over 55,000 jobs across the UK during construction.”
Howard Smith, TfL’s Director of the Elizabeth line, said: “It has been amazing to see the incredible reception the Elizabeth line has received. Our new railway has truly transformed life and travel in London and the South East by dramatically improving transport links, cutting journey times, providing additional capacity and transforming accessibility. My team and I are already focused on continuing to improve things for our customers and we look forward to welcoming the next 100 million journeys and beyond.”