11 Facts About TfL Rail


TfL Rail was the concession which operated commuter services on two separate railway lines in London, England and its environs whilst the Crossrail construction project linking these lines was underway.

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On 24 May 2022, upon the opening of the Crossrail central section, TfL Rail was rebranded as Elizabeth line and the name was discontinued.

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TfL Rail was introduced on 31 May 2015 when it took control from Abellio Greater Anglia of the commuter "metro" service between London Liverpool Street in central London and Shenfield in Essex.

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TfL Rail had taken over operation of some services from Paddington to Heathrow Airport and Reading.

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Between May 2016 and May 2017, TfL Rail carried over 47 million passengers on the Shenfield branch.

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In July 2014, TfL Rail awarded the contract to Hong Kong's MTR, for a duration of eight years with an option to extend by an additional two years.

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In December 2019, TfL Rail took over operation of the Great Western Railway stopping services between London Paddington and Reading.

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TfL Rail took over operations from Abellio Greater Anglia on 31 May 2015.

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TfL Rail subsequently introduced a fleet of new Class 345 trains.

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TfL Rail inherited five Class 360 units from Heathrow Connect when it took over operations on 20 May 2018.

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On 26 September 2019, TfL Rail announced that it would take over the Paddington to Reading stopping services on 15 December 2019, using Class 345 trains in place of the Class 387 and Class 165 trains used by Great Western Railway.

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