First services through Crossrail tunnels expected in December 2018
Transport for London (TfL) is seeking a train operator to run Crossrail services from May 2015.
A notice has been issued in the Official Journal of the European Union with potential operators having until the end of April to submit expressions of interest, TfL announced on 12 March.
Crossrail services will be let as a concession, similar to that let by TfL for London Overground. TfL will stipulate services to be provided, including hours of operation and staffing levels.
The successful bidder will run the trains and many stations on the Crossrail route, providing customer service and operations staff.
The first Crossrail trains are planned to run between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from May 2015, replacing Greater Anglia stopping services.
The current planning assumption is that Crossrail services will be introduced between Heathrow and Paddington (main line platforms) in May 2018, taking over the Heathrow Connect service.
Paddington (Crossrail platforms) to Abbey Wood services – the first Crossrail trains through central London – would follow in December 2018, and Paddington to Shenfield trains in May 2019, with the full through service (including Maidenhead) in December 2019.