IAN BRIGHTMORE, Stage 2 Delivery Manager of MTR Crossrail, told the Institution of Railway Operators how the Elizabeth Line is becoming a reality

The £15 billion Elizabeth Line will serve a total of 40 stations, 10 of which will be new. These are on the core section from Paddington to Abbey Wood inclusive; elsewhere it runs on existing Network Rail tracks. The full completion of the Elizabeth Line is scheduled for December 2019.

In July 2014, MTR Corporation was awarded a 10-year contract by Transport for London (TfL) to operate the Elizabeth Line service (initially branded TfL Rail), trading as MTR Crossrail. MTR, the Transit Railway of Hong Kong, was the first operator of London Overground, in conjunction with Deutsche Bahn.

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