Elizabeth line hits 100m journey milestone

Break-even expected in 2023/24

More than 100 million journeys have been made on the Elizabeth line since it opened in May 2022, according to Transport for London.

The body’s data shows that around 600,000 journeys are made every day – above forecast levels – and that it is on track to break even by the end of the 2023/24 financial year.

The most popular journey is Tottenham Court Road to Stratford, and the five most popular journeys on the route all include this station. Such is its popularity that it is now in the top five most-used stations on the TfL network – above Waterloo and Liverpool Street.

Stunning success: more than 100 million journeys have now been made on the Elizabeth Line.
Stunning success: more than 100 million journeys have now been made on the Elizabeth Line. Philip Sherratt/Modern Railways

Reliability is also claimed to be good with an industry performance rating of 93% against an average elsewhere of 78.5%.

The final increase in train frequency will take effect from 21 May, with 24 trains per hour operating on the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel at peak hours, and 16 off-peak. Some direct Shenfield-Heathrow Airport trains will run, and dwell times between Paddington and Acton Main Line which have been in place since November 2022 will be removed.

TfL Elizabeth line Director Howard Smith said: ‘It has been amazing to see the incredible reception the Elizabeth line has received. Our new railway has truly transformed life and travel in London and the South East by dramatically improving transport links, cutting journey times, providing additional capacity, and transforming accessibility. My team and I are already focused on continuing to improve things for our customers and we look forward to welcoming the next one hundred million journeys and beyond.’