With around 18 months until Crossrail services are due to begin between Paddington and Abbey Wood via Canary Wharf and Woolwich, plans are revealed to increase off-peak frequencies as shown in the latest TfL board papers.

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As can be seen, this is an increase of four trains an hour in the core and two towards each eastern branch, giving a rise from eight to ten an hour to Abbey Wood and the same on the other branch to Shenfield (which opens later in 2019).

Eight an hour did seem a little low. That’s the same level of off-peak service that Abbey Wood and Woolwich Arsenal receive off-peak from Southeastern now – people would expect a shiny new £15 billion line to better that.

To achieve this aim four additional trains will need to be ordered.

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