ASLEF Welcomes Elizabeth Line

2022-05-24 -
Array, ASLEF
Interior of a class 345 Elizabeth Line train

The Elizabeth line, which runs 73 miles from Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east through the heart of London to Heathrow and Reading in the west, and which is set to transform travel across the capital and the south-east of England, finally opened today [Tuesday 24 May].

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We believe in investing in the infrastructure of this country – in the north as well as the south of England, in the Midlands, in Wales and the west, and in Scotland – because we know that a good public transport system is vital to the economy of this country. Our drivers have been ready to go for a long time now, and we are delighted that the Elizabeth line is open for business.’

Nigel Gibson, our full-time district organiser who has worked closely with the train operating company to make sure the service works, added: ‘Having worked with MTREL since 2014, it is really pleasing to see that the central operating section of the Crossrail project has opened for passenger services. Our members have made a significant contribution to the successful operation of this technologically complex railway which will certainly transform travel in London between the east and west of the city.’