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How Elizabeth line will slash journey times across London

By Ted Thornhill and Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline

Published: 07:55 EST, 20 December 2017 | Update..

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By Ted Thornhill and Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline

Published: 07:55 EST, 20 December 2017 | Updated: 11:29 EST, 20 December 2017

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The fastest journey from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road – using the Circle Line to Euston Square then walking – currently takes 20 minutes, but on the Elizabeth line this will take just four. And to Bond Street just three, compared to the current quickest, which is 15.

  • Journey times from London Paddington to Tottenham Court Road will be slashed from 20mins to 4
  • A new Tube map has been released to mark one year from the opening of the Elizabeth line
  • The line, which stretches more than 60 miles under the capital, will have a total of 41 stations
  • Fifteen trains will run through the tunnels every hour for the £14.8 billion Crossrail project

The new Tube map has been released to mark a one year from the opening of the Elizabeth line, which will stretch more than 60 miles under the capital and stop at 41 stations

In December 2018 life in London is going to become a lot zippier – thanks to the opening of the Elizabeth line.

New trains will cross the capital, from Heathrow Airport in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east, with Tube journey times slashed by up to 80 per cent in some cases.

For example the fastest journey from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road – using the Circle Line to Euston Square then walking – currently takes 20 minutes, but on the Elizabeth line this will take just four. And to Bond Street just three, compared to the current quickest, which is 15.

And from the same station to Stratford the journey time comes down from 31 minutes to 18, while it will take just 10 minutes to reach Liverpool Street from the mainline station hub and 17 to get to Canary Wharf.

Another huge reduction will be from Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street. At the moment it takes 21 minutes, but the swish new Elizabeth line trains will get there in six.

Meanwhile, passengers jumping on a train at Abbeywood, which is at the end of the south-eastern section, will be able to get to Heathrow Airport 42 minutes quicker than they can at the moment.

It currently takes 93 minutes.

Passengers there will also see a 20-minute reduction in journey times to Canary Wharf and a 19-minute reduction for trips to Bond Street, which is currently 44 minutes.

And workers at Canary Wharf jetting off from Heathrow will get an extra 16 minutes in duty free, because journey times to the airport will drop from 55 minutes to 39.

It’s not all positive though.

If you live in Shenfield the Elizabeth line doesn’t offer any reductions in journey times to Paddington, Bond Street or Canary Wharf – though you will be able to reach Heathrow 60 seconds faster.

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The Crossrail project has cost £14.8 billion and is one of the most drastic improvements to the London Undergroud system in decades. The line will be fully operational by December 2019 although some services will begin next year

A new Tube map, meanwhile, has been revealed to mark one year until the Elizabeth line is opened.

The addition of the purple line is the newest and perhaps most radical change London Underground has seen in years.

Fifteen trains each hour will run through the newly built tunnels under London in the £14.8 billion Crossrail project, which has been funded by the Department for Transport and Transport for London (TfL).

TfL estimates the line will be used by 200 million passengers each year and increase rail capacity in the capital by 10 per cent

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A general view of the westbound platform at the Farringdon Crossrail station, on December 19, 2017, in London. The original schedule was that the first trains would run in 2017, but in 2010 the government delayed this to 2018 in order to save £1billion

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Construction workers make adjustments to the eastbound track at Farringdon Crossrail station on December 19, 2017. Travel times to places in the capital and as far away as Reading and Heathrow Airport will be reduced when the line is up and running

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: 'It’s truly exciting that in only a year London will see the opening of one of the biggest new transport projects in a generation.

'The new map being unveiled shows how the first phase of the Elizabeth line will connect to key parts of the transport network in the heart of central London, substantially reducing congestion on other key Tube lines as London’s population grows.'

All new trains will have a walk-through feature and be fully air conditioned, with live information and free WiFi. All 41 stations on the line will be step-free from street to platform. Ten new stations have been built to serve the new line, while the other 31 have been refurbished.

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: 'Seeing the Elizabeth line on the Tube map for the very first time is exciting confirmation that we are closer than ever to delivering a transformative change in London’s rail network.

'That means better, faster journeys for over half a million passengers per day, as well as offering new connections that will link people to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton.'

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Passenger escalators are seen in an entrance hall as work continues at the Farringdon Crossrail station, on December 19, 2017 in London, England

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When the service is fully functional in December 2019, a train every two and a half minutes will stop at the station in peak times to allow passengers to travel through to Paddington, and then onto Heathrow or Reading in the west and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east

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Journey times will be to many locations in the capital will be reduced when the line is operational. For example, it will only take eight minutes as opposed to the current 25 to get from Farringdon to Canary Wharf, while Farringdon to Bond Street will only take four minutes as opposed to the current 18 minutes

One of the other stations to benefit from the introduction of the Elizabeth line is Farringdon, which has undergone major reconstruction work ahead of the opening next year.

The central London station will be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s five airports.

Two new ticket halls will be connected by underground mined platforms and the western end will be located on the corner of Farringdon Road and Cowcross Street to provide access to and from the Thameslink ticket hall.

A pedestrian priority plaza will also be installed between the Elizabeth line and Underground ticket halls at the western end of Cowcross street.

The station will open in December 2018 when services begin through central London. Trains will terminate at Paddington in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.

When the service is fully functional in December 2019, a train every two and a half minutes will stop at the station in peak times to allow passengers to travel through to Paddington, and then onto Heathrow or Reading in the west and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east.

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One of the newly built passenger thoroughfares is seen as work continues at Farringdon Crossrail station. Thirty stations will be refurbished as part of the project. As well as the capital, the line also stretches into the home counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex

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By 2018 Farringdon will be Britain’s busiest station, with a sevenfold increase in commuters and 140 trains per hour passing through

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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