A new branch of railway transport Crossrail, integrated into the system of ground and underground rail communication, opened on Tuesday in the British capital. At the first stage, trains will run from 06:30 am to 11:00 pm six days a week, except for Sundays.
The opening of the Elizabeth line, named after the current British monarch, is timed to coincide with large-scale national celebrations starting next week on the occasion of the "platinum anniversary" - 70 years on the throne of Her Majesty.
In the coming months, the line will have nine stations - from Paddington in central London to Abby Wood in the southeast of the city. The entire Elizabeth line, which will consist of 41 stations, including three stops at the terminals of Heathrow Airport, will be operational by May 2023 and will connect the city of Reading (Berkshire) with Shenfield, which is located in the suburbs of Brentwood (Essex): thereby connecting the western and the eastern outskirts of the British capital.
The trains that have started running along the line consist of nine cars and can accommodate up to 1,500 passengers. About 200 million people are expected to use Crossrail every year. By May next year, at the busiest time per hour, 24 trains equipped with cooling systems and capable of reaching speeds of up to 145 km / h will run on the Elizaveta line. Also, all stations on the line will have elevators that can deliver people with disabilities to the platform.