Getting to the airport is never fun. But thankfully just in time for your summer holibobs, you can now travel directly from Shenfield in Essex to Heathrow without having to change trains. For the first time since the purple line opened almost a year ago, the service now goes directly from east to west in just 80 minutes.
Updates to the line's timetable mean trains will run from Shenfield in Essex, through east London to Heathrow Terminal 5 all day. The airport will now receive six Elizabeth line trains per hour.
Previously, passengers travelling from Heathrow on the Elizabeth line could go as far as Canary Wharf and Abbey Wood. Now, the line goes through 13 more stations in east London and Essex, including Stratford, Ilford, Romford and Shenfield. When taking a train to Heathrow from Shenfield, passengers no longer have to change at Paddington.
To mark the occasion, for this week only the trains are being voiced by The Apprentice star and born and bred Essex boy Tom Skinner.
According to Our Sadiq, the Elizabeth line is now the most popular rail service in the country.
The London Mayor said: 'An incredible 3.5million journeys are made a week, as passengers enjoy the modern trains, beautiful step-free stations and reduced journey times.
'The Elizabeth line is the most significant addition to our transport network in decades and has proven to be much more than just a new railway - providing a crucial economic boost to the whole country and playing a vital role in drawing people back on to London's public transport.
'The introduction of the final full timetable marks the completion of the Crossrail project, and I'm delighted that passengers will have even more frequent services to get them across the capital and beyond.'
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