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Trains at the vanguard

By Debbie Ashford - Fri 3 November 2017, 10:46 am

The first new trains that will be part of the new Elizabeth line network to central and west London are running on the Liverpool to Shenfield route, stopping at stations in Havering.

By November, there will be 11 trains operating on the line, calling at Gidea Park, Harold Wood and Romford stations.

The seven-carriage trains are just over 160 metres long, the right size to fit existing platforms at Liverpool Street.

By the time the Elizabeth line officially launches in December 2018, passengers will be able to travel through the central London tunnels. By December 2019, a fleet of 66 new 200-metre long trains will operate on the completed line, taking passengers to Reading and Heathrow without changing trains.

Station improvements are also taking place as part of the Crossrail programme. They include improved ticket halls, new lifts and longer platforms, while around the stations the council is refurbishing the approaches with new paving, lighting, planting and street furniture.

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