Crossrail (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Gareth Bacon Gareth Bacon Conservative

How many drivers are currently trained to drive trains on the Crossrail line? Is this number enough to provide a full service when the line opens in its entirety?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

There are currently 477 qualified train drivers employed by Transport for London’s (TfL’s) concessionaire and operator, MTR Elizabeth line, which is sufficient to operate the passenger timetable. These drivers are currently being used to operate TfL Rail services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and between Paddington and Reading/Heathrow Airport. A number are also used to support Dynamic Testing of the central operating section, operating trains through the tunnels, as well as supporting the driver training programme.