TfL Rail

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TfL Rail
TFL Rail roundel.svg
315850 at Romford.jpg
Class 315 train at Romford
Overview
Owner Transport for London (TfL)
Locale Greater London
Brentwood
Berkshire (2019)
Buckinghamshire (2019)
Transit type Suburban rail & Commuter rail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 14 (2015)
40 (2018)
Website tfl.gov.uk/modes/tfl-rail/
Operation
Began operation 31 May 2015
Operator(s) Operated by MTR Crossrail under contract to TfL
Reporting marks XR (National Rail)
Technical
System length 32 km (19.9 mi) 2015
Track gauge Standard
MTR Crossrail
MTRcrossrail.svg
Overview
Owner MTR Corporation
Website mtrcrossrail.co.uk
Crossrail 1
Reading National Rail
Twyford National Rail
Maidenhead National Rail
River Thames
Taplow
Burnham
Slough National Rail
Airport interchange London Underground
Heathrow
Terminal 4
Langley
Airport interchange National Rail London Underground
Heathrow
Central
Iver
West Drayton
Hayes & Harlington National Rail
Southall
Hanwell
West Ealing National Rail
Ealing Broadway London Underground
Acton Main Line
Old Oak Common National Rail London Overground
(proposed)
Old Oak Common Depot
West Coast Main Line
(proposed to Tring)
enlarge… Paddington London Underground National Rail
Bond Street London Underground
Tottenham Court Road London Underground
Farringdon London Underground National Rail
Liverpool Street London Underground National Rail Lea Valley Lines
Whitechapel East London Line London Underground
London Underground Docklands Light Railway Canary Wharf
Stratford London Underground National Rail North London Line Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway Custom House
Maryland
Silvertown
(possible future)
Forest Gate
Royal Docks via
Connaught Tunnel
Manor Park
River Thames
Ilford
Woolwich
Ilford depot
North Kent Line
Seven Kings
National Rail Abbey Wood
Goodmayes
Belvedere
Chadwell Heath
Erith
Romford National Rail Romford to Upminster Line
National Rail Slade Green
Gidea Park
National Rail Dartford
Harold Wood
Stone Crossing
Brentwood
Greenhithe
Shenfield National Rail
Swanscombe
Northfleet
National Rail Gravesend
Protected route
to Hoo Junction

TfL Rail[1] is the initial brand for London Crossrail services which commenced in May 2015. The service will be re-branded as Crossrail in May 2017 when the new Class 345 trains are introduced.[2][3] Services are provided by the train operating company MTR Crossrail (owned by MTR Corporation) under a contract by Transport for London, and covers the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route during the initial stage. The services will expand in stages to become the full Crossrail network by 2019. Prior to TfL takeover, trains on the Shenfield Line were run by Abellio Greater Anglia.

History[edit]

On 25 June 2013, Transport for London announced Arriva, MTR Corporation, Keolis/Go-Ahead Group and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the concession.[4][5] On 18 July 2014, Transport for London awarded the concession to MTR Corporation.[6][7]

Crossrail route[edit]

Main article: Crossrail

The Crossrail route will be formed of the suburban parts of the Great Western and Great Eastern (East Anglian) Main Lines, connected by a new underground central section through London's city centre, similar to the North-South Thameslink route. There will also be a branch to Abbey Wood via Canary Wharf. Construction of the route is planned to be completed in 2019.

Stations served since May 2015 are:[8]

Station Zone Local Authority Other services calling there Managed by
London Liverpool Street 1 City of London National Rail London Underground London Overground Network Rail
Stratford 2 and 3 London Borough of Newham National Rail London Underground London Overground Docklands Light Railway London Underground and TfL Rail
Maryland 3 London Borough of Newham TfL Rail
Forest Gate 3 London Borough of Newham TfL Rail
Manor Park 3 and 4 London Borough of Newham TfL Rail
Ilford 4 London Borough of Redbridge TfL Rail
Seven Kings 4 London Borough of Redbridge TfL Rail
Goodmayes 4 London Borough of Redbridge TfL Rail
Chadwell Heath 5 London Borough of Barking and Dagenham TfL Rail
Romford 6 London Borough of Havering London Overground National Rail TfL Rail
Gidea Park 6 London Borough of Havering National Rail TfL Rail
Harold Wood 6 London Borough of Havering National Rail TfL Rail
Brentwood 9 Borough of Brentwood, Essex National Rail TfL Rail
Shenfield Special (C) Borough of Brentwood, Essex National Rail Abellio Greater Anglia

Services[edit]

TfL Rail commenced operating on 31 May 2015, taking over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield Metro service from Abellio Greater Anglia. In May 2018, Crossrail will take over the Paddington to Heathrow Terminal 4 service from Heathrow Connect. The whole Crossrail route will be operational by 2019.

Stage Date Notes
Stage 0 May 2015 Existing Liverpool Street (mainline) to Shenfield metro services transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia to TfL Rail.
Stage 1 Beginning May 2017 Class 345 units begin to be brought into service and Liverpool Street (mainline) to Shenfield metro services, service rebrand to be rebranded 'Crossrail'.
Stage 2 May 2018 Existing Paddington (mainline) to Heathrow Terminal 4 transferred from Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Central to Heathrow Terminal 4 services transferred from Heathrow Express to Crossrail.
Stage 3 December 2018 Services begin on the core section from Paddington (Crossrail) to Abbey Wood
Stage 4 May 2019 Service begins on the core section from Paddington (Crossrail) to Shenfield
Stage 5 December 2019 All services from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Heathrow Central and Paddington will be extended through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood and remaining Great Western Railway services between Paddington and Reading will be transferred to Crossrail and will be extended to Shenfield & Abbey Wood

The route currently branded TfL Rail will become the 'Eastern section' of Crossrail, with service frequency envisaged as 12tph service during peak times, and 8tph during off-peak times.[9][10]

Current service pattern[edit]

Monday to Friday off-peak and Saturdays:

  • 6 tph between Liverpool Street and Shenfield calling at all stations

Weekday rush hour:

  • 8tph between Liverpool Street and Shenfield:

3 call at all stations

1 calls at Stratford, Ilford, Romford, then all stations

2 call at Stratford, Ilford, then all stations to Shenfield

2 call at Stratford, Ilford, Chadwell Heath, then all stations to Shenfield

  • 6tph between Gidea Park and Liverpool Street:

3 call at all stations to Gidea Park

3 call at all stations until Ilford, then Chadwell Heath, Romford and Gidea Park.

  • 6:03. 8:40, 8:50 and 9:00 Ilford – Liverpool street, calling at all stations.
  • A few peak Gidea Park-Liverpool Street trains during these times call at all stations until Ilford, then Stratford.
  • Between 17:36 and 18:10, there are 3 additional services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
  • A few peak Gidea Park and Shenfield services stop extra at either Maryland or Forest Gate or Manor Park.
  • Limited service between Shenfield and Liverpool Street, calling at Romford, Seven Kings and Stratford.

Sunday:

  • 2tph between Liverpool Street and Shenfield calling at all stations
  • 2tph between Liverpool Street and Gidea Park calling at Stratford, Forest Gate then all stations.

Fleet[edit]

Operations commenced with the existing Class 315 fleet. These will be replaced by 66 Class 345 sets.[11][12]

Current fleet[edit]

 Class  Image Type  Top speed   Number   Cars per set   Routes operated   Built   Years operated 
 mph   km/h 
Class 315 Class 315 at Romford.jpg EMU 75 120 44 4 Liverpool StreetShenfield 1980–81 2015–Present

Future fleet[edit]

 Class  Image Type  Top speed   Number   Cars per set   Routes operated   Built   Years operated 
 mph   km/h 
Class 345 Aventra Crossrail, Class 345.jpg EMU 90 145 66 9 Full Crossrail route 2017–18 From mid 2017

Depots[edit]

The Class 315 fleets will continue to be maintained at Ilford depot. The Class 345 fleet will be maintained at a new Old Oak Common depot.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Abellio Greater Anglia
Greater Anglia franchise
31 May 2015
Operated by MTR Crossrail
2015 – 2023
Incumbent
Preceded by
Great Western Railway
Greater Western franchise
Preceded by
Heathrow Connect
Heathrow Airport Holdings & Great Western Railway
from May 2018