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Phase Two of the Elizabeth Line is now complete, resulting in a direct line linking Stratford and Whitechapel.
Before the changes took place on 6 November, to travel from Whitechapel to Stratford (or vice versa) involved changing at Liverpool Street, and walking up from underground to overground platforms. This was because only the branch of the Elizabeth Line terminating at Abbey Wood passed through Whitechapel. The other branch of the line going east, to Shenfield, went straight to Stratford. But now, with the completion of Phase Two, the two branches go through Whitechapel.
More widely, Phase Two changes now connect Shenfield directly to Paddington, whereas before, a passenger had to disembark at Liverpool Street and continue on the Elizabeth Line to Paddington. In addition, Abbey Wood trains now also go right through to Reading and Heathrow without needing to change. Some trains, however, may continue to terminate at Paddington and Liverpool Street.
Phase Three will begin in 2023 with no changes required at any station or termination at Liverpool Street and Paddington.