Launch of Elizabeth line trains delayed for more testing

PUBLISHED: 15:12 01 June 2017

A Elizabeth line train in Liverpool Street during testing (Picture: TfL)

A Elizabeth line train in Liverpool Street during testing (Picture: TfL)


They were meant to be introduced last month – but the new Elizabeth line trains are still being tested.

The first seven-carriage train was set to begin operating on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route in May as part of a staggered roll-out.

However, due to testing not completed, the trains will most likely not be in service until the end of June.

“The train is undergoing thorough testing, assurance and approvals before it enters passenger service shortly,” Howard Smith, TfL’s operations director for the Elizabeth line, said.

“Good progress is being made and we anticipate testing being completed within the next few weeks.

“We continue to work closely with Bombardier, Network Rail and MTR Crossrail.”

The new trains are the first steps in completing the Elizabeth line, which will operate between Heathrow and Reading in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east once it fully opens in 2019.

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