Transport for London has confirmed that the final Elizabeth Line stop will open next month, with the completion of works at Bond Street station.
The Elizabeth Line opened in May this year – nearly four years behind schedule – but previous issues with tunnelling at Bond Street meant that trains have not been stopping at the central London station.
Subject to final approvals the station will now open on October 24, and will feature two new ticket halls with entrances on Hanover Square and Davies Street.
The stop will be step free from street to train, and will have a daily capacity for around 140,000 Elizabeth Line passengers, significantly increasing the station’s overall capacity to 225,000 passengers.
Trains will initially operate every five minutes, with Sunday service starting on November 6, at which stage schedules will increase to trains every three to four minutes, seven days a week.
As previously reported, from early November Elizabeth Line services will run directly between Heathrow airport and central London.
TfL said that 45 million journeys have been made on the Elizabeth Line since it opened earlier this year, with September 22 seeing around 276,000 journeys in the central section – the highest daily number so far.
Commenting on the news Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner, said:
“When we opened the brilliant central section of the Elizabeth line earlier this year, I promised that Bond Street station would open this autumn and I am extremely pleased that Londoners and visitors will be able to use this magnificent station from October 24.
“Bond Street was of course the station site that Her Majesty the Queen visited during construction in 2016 to mark the renaming of the railway in her honour. It was also our honour that Her Majesty graced us with her presence earlier this year to mark the completion of the railway.
“The new Elizabeth line station at Bond Street will be the jewel in the crown of the West End’s transport provision. It is truly spectacular and will provide a highly significant new link to one of the busiest shopping districts in the UK, enabling even further connectivity to jobs and leisure for people across London and the South East.
“I can’t wait to see people using this beautiful, spacious-step-free station. It will be yet another huge moment for transport in London and the bright future for city that lies ahead.”