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Elizabeth line celebrates 350 million passengers milestone

Elizabeth line Liverpool Street station - Image: TfL

More than 350 million journeys have been made on the Elizabeth line in its first two years – with passenger numbers set to rise further. 

The “game-changing” London line has become the fastest growing railway in the UK since it opened in May 2022, adding an estimated £42bn to the UK economy.

Latest figures from Transport for London (TfL) forecast further growth in 2024/25 with passenger journeys increasing by a further 8% and journeys expected to rise to 226 million in the year.

The Elizabeth line has directly impacted the development of 55,000 new homes, with 60% of employment growth in greater London within 1km of an Elizabeth line station

During its first full year of operation, the Elizabeth line saw more than 150 million passenger journeys. 

In 2023/24, there were 210 million journeys made on the Elizabeth line, a dramatic increase. 

Passenger demand is already above the post-pandemic expectations for the end of the decade and is expected to increase further.

On average, there are around 700,000 passenger journeys on the line every weekday, with the busiest day recorded on April 18, 2024 when there were 787,000 journeys across the line. 

The busiest station is Tottenham Court Road, followed by Liverpool Street.

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, added: "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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