Sunday, May 21, 2023
Today's the day the Crossrail project completes.
The day trains from Shenfield finally reach Heathrow.
(not very many trains, just two an hour but that's it, it's finished)
It's also the day those annoying waits outside Paddington are ironed out.
And from tomorrow the central core gets 24 trains an hour at peak times, up from 22.
Amazingly they've not made any fuss about it at all.
No press releases, no big publicity campaigns, no excitable tweeting from the Mayor.
The big media splurge was for the introduction of stage 5b on 6th November last year.
Today we finally hit stage 5c... and there is no 5d or 6 so we're done.
Pa LS Re 4 8 Sh 6 10← →16 8 He AW
Originally the plan was to complete the service on 15th December 2019.
Instead it's happening today, the day of the spring 2023 timetable change, 1253 days later.
The new timetable was released in March so I've already blogged about it.
Here's my report on what goes where and how frequently.
For a much deeper dive, London Reconnections has that all sewn up.
The first Shenfield → Heathrow train leaves Shenfield at 0726 (arriving T4 at 0856).
The first Heathrow → Shenfield train leaves T4 at 0803 (arriving 0930).
And then we're done.
Don't expect balloons.
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