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Elizabeth Line Fares Announced

Yesterday TfL released details of the fares to be charged on the Elizabeth Line when it starts operating at the end of this year.  They also confirmed fares for the second TfL Rail line from May 20th between Paddington and Heathrow.  This will become part of the Elizabeth line later on.

The big news is that Heathrow (TfL Rail) will be joining Heathrow (LU) in zone 6.  This means that travelcards will be valid as will all other TfL concessions (zip cards, freedom passes, etc).  The downside is that there will still be a premium to be paid for single fares to/from Heathrow (TfL Rail), but Oyster and contactless capping at the zone 6 level will limit the effect on return journeys and indeed on other travel within the zones that day once in London.

As for the rest of the line, fares in the central area will be the same as normal Underground fares.  This will extend westwards as far as Hayes & Harlington and West Drayton.  To the east Whitechapel and Canary Wharf are mentioned as being standard LU fares, but the press release is silent on further out.  Currently the fares to Harold Wood are the same in the peak but a bit more expensive off-peak.  It remains to be seen what fares will apply to/from Woolwich and Abbey Wood.

I’ll add more details on the actual fares in the coming weeks.

5 Responses

  1. I suspect the reason why the further reaches of the Elizabeth line still have issues to iron out with regards to revenue compensating GA (why LO and TfL Rail have those strange prices) and Southeastern, the latter like Southern when the ELL launched will have some revenue loss by passengers switching over from them at Abbey Wood and Woolwich.

  2. Will this mean a large increase for some TFL rail travellers that use a monthly ticket to Liverpool St only.
    For example a monthly ticket from Harold Wood to LST only is approx £184, so from December will this mean changing to an all Zones 1-6 monthly at approx £240?

  3. Hi Kevin,

    No it shouldn’t. The season ticket prices for National Rail only into Liverpool Street will remain as they are.

  4. Hi Mike, how will that work if Harold Wood (&all other ex GA stations) are running TfL trains & run by TfL?

    At present the GA trains to Southend do stop there on but on Sundays only

  5. Hi Kevin,

    Depsite TfL’s best efforts to say otherwise, Overground, TfL Rail and Elizabeth Line are all National Rail services and National Rail tickets are all valid on them. The DfT specified that point-to-point season tickets were not to be withdrawn when TfL took over the GA routes.

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