Passengers have travelled on a train built for London’s Elizabeth line for the first time.
The inaugural service travelled from London Liverpool Street to Shenfield, Essex, running on the existing TfL Rail route.
By autumn it is expected that 11 new trains will be launched on the newly tested route. The Elizabeth Line project began in 2009 at Canary Wharf and was budgeted to cost around £14.8bn. The line is not yet officially open and is expected to be unveiled officially next December as building work continues. The project itself features 26 miles of tunnels and will connect Shenfield with Reading through central London, which will also include a link to Heathrow Airport.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m delighted that our first state-of-the-art Elizabeth Line train has entered service on the TfL Rail service.
The Crossrail programme remains on time and on budget, and the huge success of this project shows how vital it is for the whole of the country that we also push ahead with Crossrail 2.”
With a capacity of 1500 passengers, the carriage is 200 metres long, and has a cool offering of air conditioning and free Wi-fi.
When the project is complete in 2019, central London’s rail capacity will increase by 10% and carry over half a million passengers per day.