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MTR Plans More Intensive Crossrail Service

The title of this post is the same as an article in the International Railway Journal.

The Planned Central Service

According to Wikipedia, it is planned that the services through the central section is as follows.


4 tph (trains per hour) Abbey Wood–Heathrow Terminal 4
6 tph Abbey Wood–Paddington
2 tph Abbey Wood–West Drayton
8 tph Shenfield–Paddington
2 tph Shenfield–Reading
2 tph Shenfield–Maidenhead

Off Peak

4 tph Abbey Wood–Heathrow Terminal 4
4 tph Abbey Wood–Paddington
4 tph Shenfield–Paddington
2 tph Shenfield–Reading
2 tph Shenfield–Maidenhead

Which gives totals of 24 tph in the Peak and 16 tph in the Off Peak.

The article suggests that more Off Peak services will be provided.

This is probably only following the rules of the Victoria Line, which runs at a frequency of around 30 tph most of the day and 6 tph at night.

A Train Every Two And A Half Minutes

One of Crossrail’s nine-car Class 345 trains will come through the central section, every two and a half minutes, linking the following stations between Paddington and Stratford stations.

  • Bond Street
  • Tottengham Court Road
  • Farringdon
  • Moorgate
  • Liverpool Street
  • Whitechapel

I think that the frequency of the trains and the design of the stations, will encourage walkers and short distance travellers to use the line.

So could we see a very different pattern of use on Crossrail, when compared to the existing Central Line.

Other factors will make predicting traffic difficult.

  • The line runs along one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets.
  • The line and connects to Heathrow,
  • Many journeys across London will now be made without changing trains.

Being able to increase train frequency would;d be a useful contingency to avoid train overcrowding.

So it looks like MTR are being prudent.

May 12, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. What I don’t understand is why 10tph in the peak and 8tph off peak from the east are being turned at Paddington. Surely the greater demand, especially in the peak will be passengers between the west and the City?

    Comment by Mark Clayton | May 12, 2017 | Reply

  2. There has always been provision in the plans for Crossrail, that if needed, they would build a station at Old Oak Common, where there is going to be a massive development. As Old Oak Common will also be a HS2 station and on both the West Coast and Chiltern Main Lines, the design of Crossrail has always been future-proofed for extra sewrvices to Watford, Tring and Milton Keynes on the West Coast Main Line and/or High Wycombe on the Chiltern Main Line.

    If you look at these cross-city links, as technolgy gets better.

    Thameslink is being improved.

    The East London Line, the Birmingham Cross-City Line have been improved.

    Merseyrail’s Northern Line will be improved.

    Now that Ordsall Chord is nearly there, this will become a high-frequency route across Manchester. It could probably take 15 tph.

    After all it is planned to put 20 tph on the East London Line, between two Northern and four Soputhern destinations, through a tunnel that opened in the 1840s

    Comment by AnonW | May 12, 2017 | Reply

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