Elizabeth Line joins the Tube map

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Image caption Transportation for London has released the December 2018 Tube map

A brand new Tube map featuring the Elizabeth Range has been released in order to mark a year until the railway’s finalization.

The structure of the line has entered the final stages and it will open to the general public in phases from December the coming year.

Fifteen trains each hour will run through the tunnels, raising to 24 trains through the main section by May 2019, Transportation for London said.

The line will operate as 3 services before a full service starts in 2019.

Through December 2019, customers from Reading through and Heathrow will be able to travel by means of central London to the West Finish without needing to change trains.

Elizabeth Series timeline:

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  • May 2018: Rail service opens between Paddington and Heathrow, replacing the existing Heathrow airport Connect service and part of the Excellent Western inner suburban service
  • December 2018: The Elizabeth Range opens, initially operating as 3 services:
  • Paddington (Elizabeth Line station) to Abbey Wood via central London
  • Paddington (mainline station) to Heathrow (Terminals 2 & 3 and 4)
  • Liverpool Street (mainline station) in order to Shenfield
  • May 2019 : Direct services to operate between Paddington and Shenfield and Paddington plus Abbey Wood. Services from Paddington to Heathrow will continue to begin and terminate at the mainline train station
  • Dec 2019: The At the Line fully opens with providers running from Reading and Heathrow airport, including Terminal 5, in the west with the central tunnels to Shenfield plus Abbey Wood in the east