Lessons from the Elizabeth Line: what can we learn from the emerging evidence?

An exceptional level of high-quality monitoring has been undertaken by Transport for London as the passenger responses to the opening of the new Elizabeth Line emerge. TAPAS presents here a series of articles exploring the significant behavioural and system development implications, including the elasticities of demand relating to major journey time and service quality changes, with potential wider application in transport policy and planning.

Examining Evidence - Elizabeth Line


TfL sets new best practice benchmark with approach to Elizabeth Line implementation and evaluation

A London tradition of comprehensive planning and implementation for major urban transport projects has been further refined with the addition of The Elizabeth Line to the network. Transport for London and its predecessors have had enviable resources – financial and professional – for such transformative schemes. Nevertheless, TfL’s approach, particularly that to monitoring and data analysis, can provide many useful lessons for projects by other authorities, as Rhodri Clark discovered when he spoke to the team at TfL.

Comprehensive evaluation study provides new transport planning resource

How the Elizabeth line has impacted on the transport system in the capital is being carefully monitored by Transport for London, but its significance in terms of transport planning is wider. Peter Stonham looks at the short and long term evaluation framework and the outputs it will deliver.

Elizabeth line defies elasticity models: modal transfers and generated demand provide new paradigm for high profile changes to network

TAPAS continues its close monitoring of how the new Elizabeth Line is changing transport patterns in London. With new data now available on usage and the origin of passengers, Rhodri Clark examines some surprising outcomes and their potential implications for those planning similar transformational schemes.

See also these specific Elizabeth Line impacts:

TfL finds some positives as it reworks its forecasts for the Elizabeth line

Much has changed in the years since original forecasts were produced in the planning of London’s Crossrail - now just opened as the Elizabeth line. Rhodri Clark spoke to the TfL team responsible for preparing new figures on expected usuage, and what factors they have looked at as key influences in their latest modelling.

Elizabeth Line opening will test reality of much changed Crossrail demand patterns

As the long-delayed new East West rail line for London finally opens, it remains to be seen how closely the usage patterns will match the original forecasts, and what the impacts of post Pandemic behavioural change will be. Rhodri Clark and Peter Stonham look at what was expected – and how different the response to the new service might now be

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