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Elizabeth Line Marks Two-Year Milestone with Over 350 Million Journeys

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Two years after its grand opening, the Elizabeth line has become the fastest-growing railway in the UK, with more than 350 million journeys made since May 2022, according to Transport for London (TfL). This remarkable growth underscores the line’s significant role in London’s post-pandemic recovery, contributing to new travel opportunities, urban regeneration, and economic growth.

Between June 2022 and October 2023, passenger demand on the Elizabeth line surged by approximately 40%, the highest rate in the country. Projections for 2024/25 indicate an additional 8% increase in passenger journeys, building on this momentum.

In its first full year of service, the Elizabeth line recorded over 150 million journeys. This figure soared to 210 million in 2023/24, surpassing post-pandemic expectations for the end of the decade. The line now averages around 700,000 passenger journeys each weekday, peaking at 787,000 on April 18, 2024. Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street rank as the busiest stations on the route.

Economic forecasts for the 2024/25 financial year are optimistic, predicting 226 million journeys, an 8% rise from the previous year. Notably, demand between Reading and Hayes & Harlington has grown by 80%, while travel to Heathrow terminals has increased by 64% since the introduction of through-running services in November 2022.

The Elizabeth line has been a catalyst for regeneration along its route, directly influencing the development of 55,000 new homes and supporting significant employment growth. An estimated 60% of job growth in Greater London during the line’s construction from 2015 to 2022 occurred within 1km of an Elizabeth line station. Abbey Wood has seen a 6% increase in new homes, with substantial further development anticipated. West London areas, particularly Southall and Hayes & Harlington, have experienced the highest growth rates, with an uptick in social housing developments.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, praised the Elizabeth line’s transformative impact: “The Elizabeth line has been a game-changer for our city, transforming travel across London and the South East and delivering a £42bn boost to the UK economy. In just two years, more than 350 million journeys have been made and the line has directly impacted the development of 55,000 new homes and significantly supported employment growth. The Elizabeth line has played a vital role in our recovery from the pandemic and is helping to build a fairer, greener, and more prosperous London for everyone.”

The Elizabeth line’s ongoing success highlights its importance as a backbone of London’s transport infrastructure, continuing to drive growth and development across the capital and beyond.