The Anonymous Widower

The Crossrail Article That Everyone Must Read

This article on Ian Visits is entitled A Sneak Preview Of London’s New Elizabeth Line Railway.

As the title of this post indicates, Ian’s article is very much a must read and it gives everybody something worthwhile to look forward to, after what has been the worst two years of many peoples’ lives.

The Crossrail Opening Date

There are a few more tests to do and Ian says the line could open a few weeks after Easter. With the Bank station upgrade apparently going well as I reported in Final Tunnelling Gets Underway On Bank Station Blockade and likely to open in mid-May, I wonder if TfL would prefer that the two projects opened at different times for management and operational reasons.

Easter is the 17th of April, and two weeks later is May Day, with the Bank Holiday on the Monday.

If they can do all the tests, there would be good reasons to open Crossrail on the first of May.

  • It’s a different day to the opening of the Bank station upgrade.
  • They would have two clear days to get Crossrail open.
  • A lot of people will be going to Central London.
  • Other Mayors would have organised a party.
  • A Bank Holiday would give the new infrastructure a proper test with real passengers and lots of children.
  • Crossrail could also help to cover for a late-opening Bank Station Upgrade.

If I needed to bet on it, my money would be on an opening on Sunday, the first of May.

The Bakerloo Line Link At Paddington Station

Ian writes this interesting paragraph.

Something though that was added to Paddington station after the funding was approved was a new direct deep tunnel link from the platforms to the Bakerloo line. London Underground contractors built the link, and Andy Lord suggested that they are considering opening up the link before the Elizabeth line opens fully as it would help with offering step-free access for Bakerloo line customers.

Many people find getting to Paddington difficult, as I do from Dalston.

I typically use some roundabout and slow routes and most end up with arriving at Paddington on the Bakerloo Line.

Opening the link early would have the following effects.

  • It would make things a lot easier for me and probably many other passengers.
  • It would add passengers to London’s least-used Underground line.
  • It would add capacity to the Bakerloo Line station at Paddington.

It would also give a piece of the infrastructure, a good soak testing with real passengers and may flag up some changes that needed to be made to details like signage.

Opening The Liverpool Street and Moorgate Pedestrian Link

In London’s First Underground Roller Coaster, I described this link, which I believe will be used by more than just rail passengers.

I feel that like the Bakerloo Line Link at Paddington station, that this link could be opened early.


I can’t wait for Crossrail to open.


March 15, 2022 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. I think it is unlikely as there is a pre-election purdah period when it is unlikely to be allowed. So will be after 5th May.

    Comment by Kevin Roche | March 15, 2022 | Reply

  2. […] The Crossrail Article That Everyone Must Read, I review this article on Ian Visits, which is entitled A Sneak Preview Of London’s New […]

    Pingback by Is The Paddington Bakerloo Line Link Opening Soon? « The Anonymous Widower | April 12, 2022 | Reply

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