TfL Rail

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TfL Rail
Logo TfL Rail
British Class 315 from TfL Rail
Basic information
owner Transport for London
and duration
TfL Rail
May 31, 2015–2023
Option until 2025
operator MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd
fleet 44 British Class 315
66 British Class 345
0 5 British Class 360
Train stations 23
Main regions Greater London , Berkshire , Buckinghamshire and Essex
Secondary regions
TfL Rail
Liverpool Street - Shenfield
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London Liverpool Street
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Forest Gate
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Manor Park
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Seven Kings (Redbridge)
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Chadwell Heath (Barking)
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Gidea Park
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Harold Wood
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Paddington - Heathrow / Reading
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London Paddington
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Acton Main Line (to / from Hayes & Harlington only)
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Ealing Broadway
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West Ealing
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Hanwell (Paddington - Heathrow only)
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Hayes & Harlington
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Heathrow Central (Terminals 2 & 3)
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Heathrow Terminal 4
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West Drayton
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TfL Rail is the current name of a London suburban railway that runs 14 stations on the Great Eastern Main Line from Liverpool Street Station in central London to Shenfield ( Borough of Brentwood ) and parts of the Great Western Main Line between Paddington Station and Reading in one S-Bahn -Similar clock served. TfL Rail is part of the future Elizabeth Line route from Shenfield to Reading and Heathrow Airport .

The Transport for London (TfL), the company has to operate the route MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd commissioned which the Chinese company MTR Corporation , headquartered in Hong Kong.


In June 2013, TfL announced that Arriva , MTR Corporation , Keolis / Go-Ahead-Group and National Express Group had been shortlisted to bid for the operating license of the Crossrail project under construction.

In July 2014, TfL signed a contract with MTR for a term of eight years, with an option to extend for a further two years.

The MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd was founded in May 2015 as a new railway company and took over the operation of the suburban route from Liverpool Street to Shenfield from the previous operator Abellio Greater Anglia on May 31, 2015 . 44 four-part British Class 315 electric multiple units were also taken over for operation under overhead contact lines with 25 kV 50 Hz.

Tfl Rail will merge with the Elizabeth Line , which is under construction , when its central section under central London, a 13 km long tunnel, opens. It is then linked several times with the London Underground .

Since November 2019, regional operations on the route from Reading to London have been gradually taken over by the Great Western Railway .

As a third, the central section is now to go into operation in isolation as Elizabeth Line for the first time in 2021, before all sections of the route are linked with one another


The distinguishing feature of TfL Rail is the ring with crossbars, which is also known from other London means of transport, in the case of TfL Rail all in blue. The existing Class 315 trains were repainted in white / blue and signs according to TfL design were installed at the 14 stations along the route. In contrast to this, the new class 345 railcars are painted white and purple, the color code of the future Elizabeth Line (2018 plan).

Route network

TfL Rail operates 20 miles on the Great Eastern Main Line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield and 16 miles on part of the Great Western Main Line and the Heathrow Tunnel between Paddington, Heathrow and Reading. The future Elizabeth Line will also use this route, but will run in the tunnel between Liverpool Street and Stratford to connect the existing outer branch with the newly built central section of the route.

The train stations of TfL Rail are:

Surname Tariff zone (s) Administrative district Umsteige-
managed by
Liverpool Street - Shenfield
Liverpool Street 1 City of London NatNational Rail ULondon Underground OLondon Overground Network Rail
Stratford 2/3 Newham NatNational Rail ULondon Underground OLondon Overground DLRDocklands Light Railway TfL Rail
Maryland 3
Forest Gate 3
Manor Park 3/4
Ilford 4th Redbridge
Seven Kings 4th
Goodmayes 4th
Chadwell Heath 5 Barking & Dagenham
Romford 6th Havering NatNational Rail OLondon Overground
Gidea Park 6th
Harold Wood 6th
Brentwood 9 Brentwood
Shenfield C. NatNational Rail Abellio Greater Anglia
Paddington - Heathrow / Reading
Paddington 1 City of Westminster NatNational Rail ULondon Underground HE Network Rail
Acton Main Line 3 Ealing TfL Rail
Ealing Broadway 3 NatNational Rail ULondon Underground
West Ealing 3 NatNational Rail
Hanwell 4th
Southall 4th NatNational Rail
Hayes & Harlington 5 Hillingdon NatNational Rail
Heathrow Central
(Terminals 2 & 3)
6th HE Heathrow Express
Heathrow Terminal 4 6th
West Drayton 6th TfL Rail
Iver - Buckinghamshire NatNational Rail
Langley - Slough NatNational Rail
Slough NatNational Rail
Burnham - NatNational Rail TfL Rail
Taplow - Buckinghamshire NatNational Rail
Maidenhead - Windsor and Maidenhead NatNational Rail
Twyford - Wokingham NatNational Rail
Reading - Reading NatNational Rail Network Rail

TfL Rail also manages a train station that is not yet used by TfL Rail.

Surname Tariff zone (s) Administrative district Umsteige-
Abbey Wood 4th Greenwich NatNational Rail

Every station is manned from the first to the last train of the day.

Rolling stock

TfL Rail initially took over 44 four-part electric railcars of the British class 315 from the years 1980–1981. They have been slightly modernized inside and adapted to the TfL design on the outside. Since June 22, 2017, individual journeys have been made with the new class 345 multiple units intended for the Elizabeth Line. Due to the limited length of the platform in Liverpool Street station, these are initially only used in seven parts (total length approx. 160 m). With the start of operations through the Crossrail tunnel, they will be expanded to nine-part units with a total length of 205 meters.

Vehicles from TfL Rail
model series image Type Top speed Trolleys per unit number Construction year in action
British class 315 Class 315 at Romford.jpg Railcar ( electric ) 120 km / h 4th 44 1980-1981 2015 until today
British class 345 345002 - Ilford EMUDjpg Railcar ( electric ) 145 km / h 7
(later 9)
66 2015-2018 since June 2017
British class 360 Hugh Llewelyn 360 204 (6341454910) .jpg Railcar ( electric ) 160 km / h 5 5 2002-2005 since 2018

Web links

Commons : TfL Rail  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. (English)
  2. ^ First Elizabeth Line train enters service in East London and Essex. Rail Technology Magazine., June 23, 2017, accessed July 11, 2017 .