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London’s Elizabeth line makes significant economic impact after six months in service

LONDON – Six months after the Elizabeth line’s debut, business associations and local small companies in and around the new stations are praising its transformative effect. Since the line’s formal debut in May, around 70 million trips have been taken on it, with half of those trips taking place on the central stretch between Paddington and Woolwich.

Faster connections make it simpler and more cheap than ever for visitors and residents of London to take advantage of what the city’s companies have to offer at a crucial juncture in their ongoing recovery from the pandemic. The railway has given London a tremendous boost in the six months since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II launched it, and businesses and local representatives gathered today to commemorate this at the historic Royal Academy.

According to the most recent ridership statistics, the Elizabeth line has been used about 70 million times since it opened, with roughly 600,000 trips taken daily. The most frequented destinations for those leaving the West End are Stratford, Paddington, and Canary Wharf. The most popular journeys all start at Tottenham Court Road station. This popularity has led to an increase in traffic on Tottenham Court Road of more than 80% since the Elizabeth line’s opening. Since the Elizabeth line station opened in October, use of the adjoining Bond Street station has surged by more than 25%.