Accessible London - Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail).

All the London railway stations :

On Tuesday, May 24th 2022, the first section of the Elizabeth Line officially opened.
I have visited this line on numerous occasions, and it is always a good experience.
There are two main sections of the line which is now fully operational in 2023.
Section 1 is between Shenfield, via Whitechapel, and Paddington.
Section 2 is between Abbey Wood, via Whitechapel, and Paddington; and onwards to either the Heathrow Terminals, or onto Reading (via West Drayton).


The section running from Shenfield stops less at the original Liverpool street station; except during engineering works at weekends; which are quite often.
There do appear to be sporadic trains on the Great Anglia line which mainly run between Liverpool street, and Shenfield.
Shenfield, Brentwood, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Romford, Chadwell Heath, Goodmayes, Seven Kings, Ilford, Manor Park, Forest Gate, Maryland/a>, Stratford, Whitechapel, Liverpool street (Moorgate), Farringdon, Tottenham Court road, Bond street, Paddington .

The section of the Elizabeth Line from Abbey Wood is
Abbey Wood station to Paddington, via Woolwich, Custom House, Canary Wharf, Whitechapel, Liverpool street (Moorgate), Farringdon, Tottenham Court road, Bond street, Paddington , Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes and Harlington, Heathrow Terminals - or Reading (via West Drayton).


Trains run on the two sections about every ten minutes; with alternating trains, so a train runs every five minutes at the following list of stations; and trains stop, at the identical platform for Whitechapel, Liverpool street, Farringdon, Tottenham Court road, and Bond street, and maybe Paddington.
All stations are very accessible, with lifts, and many escalators, but some stations are now very large because of this, and footfall can be excessive for the weary traveller. I am attempting to find distances that you need to walk at the different stations.
No boarding ramp is needed at the following stations as there is level access from platform to trains: Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House (carriage 5 only), Woolwich and Heathrow.
If you need step-free access at any station on the Elizabeth line, it's best to board at carriage 5 where there are dedicated wheelchair spaces, whether you need a manual boarding ramp or not. Carriage 5 generally stops at the middle of the platform.
There are a number of very large stations, I am avoiding at present, e.g. Liverpool street (the new station), which is basically in a long tunnel between the original Liverpool street station and Moorgate.
Another good tip is that Stratford station Elizabeth line is a very short walk to the Jubilee line. Whitechapel is a good station to cross to the District line, but although lifts are excellent, there is considerable walking for the weary traveller.
Farringdon is also handy for chamging to the Circle and other TFL underground lines, but some care is needed on getting the correct train.

The train from Paddington to Heathrow, from the Paddington main line station, is the Heathrow Express, costing £25. It is cheaper to use the Elizabeth lines within standard TFL charges.

!! Stops past West Drayton are no longer in the TFL charging zones. Most of the Reading section is outside the TFL zones, so I will ignore this part for now.

Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) map showing sections open on May 24th 2022

Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) is now an archived web site. The TFL Crossrail

And Last updated on: Thursday, 31-Aug-2023 00:15:26 BST