The Anonymous Widower

Extending The Elizabeth Line – A Service Between Heathrow And Southend Airports

The Wikipedia entry for Crossrail, has a section about an extension to Southend Airport, where this is said.

Stobart Aviation, the company that operates Southend Airport in Essex, has proposed that Crossrail should be extended beyond Shenfield along the Shenfield–Southend line to serve Southend Airport and Southend Victoria. The company has suggested that a direct Heathrow-Southend link could alleviate capacity problems at Heathrow. The extension proposal has been supported by Southend-on-Sea City Council.

I think there could be a big problem, in that I estimate the journey will take a few minutes short of two hours. Surely, this will mean toilets will need to be fitted.

July 7, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. It might be a problem if that were to be the sole justification for the extension, but as well as providing a convenient through route for purely local traffic, the extension would also link, with a single change, Southend and its airport to Gatwick and Luton airports as well. Plus it would make Southend a great deal more accessible to south Londoners. The main drawback I can see is that as services become longer, reliability comes under strain. But given the state of the country’s finances at present and Conservative demands for any new PM to cut government spending, extending any part of the rail network or services is, I fear, rather unlikely.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | July 7, 2022 | Reply

    • I’ll probably disagree with you on finances, but I believe that over the next ten years we’re going to send a lot of green hydrogen and wind-generated electricity to Europe, which will be a very nice little earner.

      Did you see my post about Shell’s 200 MW electrolyser in the Netherlands? We’re going to be able to have a few electrolysers like that in the UK.

      But like you, I’m a bit cynical about a direct service between the airports.

      Southend though has advantages as an airport.

      1. It will be ideal for 19-seater electric airliners for near Europe.

      2. The terminal is efficient.

      3. Flights to places like Schipol are quick, as pilots can fly low across the North Sea at around 1,000 feet

      4. The walk between train and plane is probably the shortest in the UK.

      On the other hand Southend-Heathrow and Southend-Reading will need toilets on the trains.

      Comment by AnonW | July 7, 2022 | Reply

  2. I can only imagine budget travellers wanting to travel all that way for two hours.

    Comment by lawrenceedwardwilsonhotmailcom | July 7, 2022 | Reply

    • I don’t think it is very practical.

      I used to know a driver, who worked for the car hire companies. He used to go miles on trains to pick up cars.

      Comment by AnonW | July 7, 2022 | Reply

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