Here’s What The Tube Map Will Look Like When The Elizabeth Line Opens This Year

Marking a year until the line’s first launch, TfL have released a tube map featuring the long-awaited Elizabeth line.

The ‘purple line’ is due to open to the public in late 2018, and it will be one of the most significant updates to the London Underground map in many years. The service will be introduced in stages, with 10 central London stations opening in December 2018.

TubeMap_December 2018 DRAFT
Click to enlarge (TfL)

When it’s all completed, the line will connect Heathrow Airport and Reading in the west, all the way to Shenfield in the east, passing through central London stations such as Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street. This new means of transport will provide the city with faster, easier and more accessible journeys, and is expected to boost the economy by approximately £42 billion pounds.


From December 2018, the line will begin running the following three services:

  • Paddington (Elizabeth line station) to Abbey Wood via central London
  • Paddington (mainline station) to Heathrow (Terminals 2, 3 & 5)
  • Liverpool Street (mainline station) to Shenfield

Customers will have to wait until December 2019 before they can travel from Reading and Heathrow all the way through central London and beyond without changing trains. 

For more development-related news, read about Leicester Square’s 2018 makeover, or how Oxford Street is going car-free.

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