London’s Elizabeth Rail line opens at last – linking Heathrow Airport but not London City

Premium Analysis

In many parts of the world airports are being connected to rail services to create public transport hybrid journeys and avoiding the motor car (which is in the process of being phased out if it isn’t electric).

In London one such project, which was first conceived in the 1980s, is about to come to fruition. The Elizabeth Line will serve a multitude of functions, delivering commuters, business and leisure travellers and foreign visitors along different sections of its 120 km length.

Although the Elizabeth line was not built expressly to connect with any airport, London Heathrow Airport is distinctly a part of the network – even though there is already a ‘Heathrow Express’ rail service to Paddington Station. But London City Airport has not been included in it, even though there used to be a rail station there and the airport lies very close to the line.

Such political short-sightedness could have implications for a government that has already burned its bridges by promising to ‘level up’ the regions, partly by way of promised transport infrastructure that has not materialised.

Become a CAPA Member to access Analysis Reports

This CAPA Premium Analysis Report is 2,358 words.
Become a CAPA Member

Our Analysis Reports are only available to CAPA Members. CAPA Membership provides exclusive access to in-depth insights on the latest developments in the aviation and travel industry, developed by our team of dedicated analysts located in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Each report offers a fresh perspective on the latest industry trends and is available online or via the CAPA mobile app, with customisable alerts to help you stay informed and identify new business opportunities.

CAPA Membership also provides access to our full suite of tools, including a tailored selection of more than 1,000 News Briefs every week and comprehensive data and analysis on thousands of companies around the world.