Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back

The introduction of the new Crossrail trains to run on Elizabeth Line services has been delayed, TfL has said.

Trains were supposed to be rolled out on services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield by the end of May. But now TfL has said that the service will commence later in June.

Howard Smith, TfL’s operations director for the Elizabeth Line, said: “The train is undergoing thorough testing, assurance and approvals before it enters passenger service shortly.

“Good progress is being made and we anticipate testing being completed within the next few weeks. “We continue to work closely with Bombardier, Network Rail and MTR Crossrail.”

The line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield will be the only part of the project to run services until next May, when services between Paddington and Heathrow terminal four will open.

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