21 SEPTEMBER 2015
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At the UK Rail Industry Forum on 17 September, Jeremy Long, CEO (Europe) at MTR Corporation and responsible for the operation of Crossrail, gave an upbeat assessment of performance against targets.
Under the TfL Trains brand, MTR already operate between Liverpool Street (high level) and Shenfield using existing trains.
From May 2018, they will run four trains/hour from Paddington (high level) to Heathrow (Terminal 4); this will supersede the existing Heathrow Connect service. In November 2018, they plan to operate between Abbey Wood and Paddington low level (through the new Crossrail tunnel); from May 2019, trains will also operate from Shenfield to Paddington low level.
The three separate services will be integrated in May 2019, with trains running over the entire route between Heathrow and both Shenfield and Abbey Wood; nothing was said about Reading, which depends on the progress of Great Western Main Line electrification. A service onto the West Coast Main Line (for example to Tring) was not in his plans, although there would be limited Crossrail service into both Paddington and Liverpool Street high level stations.
No mention of a London City station which the SE branches passes.
He also confirmed that TfL will be setting the fares, which will almost certainly use the existing zones and the Oyster system. www.crossrail.co.uk
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