maidenhead, slough and reading: the future of crossrail

maidenhead slough reading esa crossrail

crossrail, what is it?

Crossrail is a railway line under development in England, running through parts of London and the home counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex. The Elizabeth line will stretch more than 60 miles/100km from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.

what’s all the fuss about?

Not only will the Elizabeth Line cut journey times across London, easing congestion and offering better connections, it also has the potential to change the way people travel around the capital. An estimated 200 million annual passengers will use Crossrail when the first Elizabeth line services through central London begin in late 2018.

With the Elizabeth Line reaching 41 stations, our esa branded serviced apartments are in ideal locations to benefit from Crossrail, with connections from Maidenhead, Reading and Slough.

when’s it all happening?

May 2018: Heathrow to Paddington (mainline platforms) (TfL Rail)

December 2018: Paddington (Elizabeth line platforms) to Abbey Wood, through the new central tunnels

May 2019: Paddington (Elizabeth line platforms) to Shenfield

December 2019: Full through service (including Elizabeth line services to Reading)

elizabeth line services from maidenhead

Maidenhead station will see some significant improvements as part of the Crossrail programme, benefitting from platform extensions to accommodate the new 200-metre-long Elizabeth line trains. The work began in 2014 and the station has remained open throughout the works.

From December 2019, four trains an hour (six at peak times) will allow passengers to travel right through central London without the need to change trains. Two Elizabeth line trains each hour (four at peak times) will run between Maidenhead and Reading. Fast services operated by will be unaffected by Crossrail’s introduction.

Maidenhead to Bond Street: from 59 minutes to 39 minutes.

Maidenhead to Liverpool Street: from 1 hour 11 minutes to 46 minutes.

Maidenhead to Reading: from 16 minutes to 12.

In more good news for travellers, there will be some faster trains to Paddington at peak times.

elizabeth line services from reading

Reading station requires little work to prepare for the new Elizabeth line. From December 2019, two trains an hour (four at peak times) will allow passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains. Once again, fast services operated by Great Western Railway will be unaffected.

elizabeth line services from slough

There will be many improvements made to Slough station as part of the Crossrail programme, including extended platforms and new signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV. From December 2019, four Elizabeth line trains an hour will serve Slough station in each direction, allowing passengers to travel through London without changing trains.  Once again, two extra trains an hour will call at Slough station at peak times.

Slough to Bond Street: from 34 mins to 31 mins

Slough to Liverpool Street: from 48 min to 38 mins

Slough to Reading: from 22 mins to 15 mins

If you’re looking for accommodation close to London but away from all of the hubbub, Maidenhead, Slough and Reading are great options for any business traveller. Check out why serviced apartments provide a more sensible and cost-effective alternative to hotels, then give us a call or book online.


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