The Elizabeth line’s delayed Bond Street station will open in the autumn alongside the launch of full-length services from Shenfield to Reading, Transport for London (TfL) Commissioner Andy Byford has revealed.
Currently, Elizabeth line passengers must change at Paddington to continue their journey further west, and those heading east towards Shenfield must change at Liverpool Street. TfL is working on the latest engineering work to remove this drawback and allow trains to run non-stop from one end to the other. This stage is referred to by TfL as 5B Minus, and it now appears that the opening of Bond Street is linked to it.
Speaking to the Elizabeth Line Committee, Byford said: ‘We absolutely see this as just one step. We are already all over 5B Minus and finishing Bond Street. We really intend to roll out 5B Minus in the fall alongside the opening of Bond Street. It should be a goal, do both at the same time, rather than having too many subcategories. We have all the right people absolutely focused on it.
Bond Street did not open along with the rest of the central section of the Elizabeth line on 24 May, as it has been a problematic station for the project for years. At one point he was 18 months behind the rest of the project, but TfL said they had “catched” him just three months behind.
Now it looks like it will be over three months before Bond Street opens. “Fall” can refer to any time between September and December, meaning it’s between four and seven months late.
On the other hand, Byford also explained that TfL managed to bring forward the launch of full services by several months. He said the outgoing Crossrail board had planned to open the east and west links in phases, first in December 2022 and then in May 2023, but this was brought forward in the autumn keeping the Elizabeth line closed on Sundays for intensive work. connection completed.
Speaking about why the Elizabeth line is not open on Sundays currently, he said: ‘We inherited a plan from the outgoing Crossrail council where the next phase would be 22nd December then 23rd May to open gradually from the west and from the east… we have improved this thanks to [Chief Operating Officer] Howard [Smith]brilliant idea to have the hybrid introduction earlier.
“But, the cost of having this customer benefit much earlier is that we need a few days to do the testing. We need a few Saturdays, actually, to go back and forth.
“So for me to try to see this through a customer lens is a price worth paying. months earlier.
“We successfully challenged the principle of having to wait for Network Rail timetable changes and Howard had this great idea. But, again, you have to have the time to make this a reality.
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