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Elizabeth line has over 350 million journeys since opening two years ago

The Elizabeth line has seen over 350 million journeys since its opening in May 2022, according to Transport for London (TfL).

Passenger journeys on the Elizabeth line grew from 150 million in its first full year to 210 million in 2023/24. On average, there are around 700,000 journeys each weekday, with the busiest day on April 18, 2024, recording 787,000 journeys. Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street are the busiest stations.

Projections for 2024/25 show an 8% increase in journeys, reaching 226 million. The highest demand growth has been between Reading and Hayes & Harlington, with an 80% increase, and a 64% rise in demand to Heathrow terminals since November 2022.

The Elizabeth line has also spurred the development of 55,000 new homes, with further potential for 15,000 new homes and 8,000 jobs. 60% of employment growth in Greater London from 2015 to 2022 occurred within 1km of an Elizabeth line station.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “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.”

Howard Smith, TfL’s Director of the Elizabeth line, said: “The Elizabeth line has rightly and quickly become one of the most popular railways in the country. It has also been one of the most reliable, and earlier this year we achieved our best quarterly performance so far. The Elizabeth line continues to be transformational for people travelling across London and the South East. The huge numbers of customers using our accessible trains and stations is a real testament to the importance of the railway investment and to all those involved in keeping it running.”

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