I notice that platform signage already refers to Reading when Reading won't join the Elizabeth line until later (and initially you can't reach Heathrow and Shenfield on the Elizabeth line without changing trains).
Could this be some combination of:
Cost of updating signage
Wanting to advertise early that Liz line will serve these destinations even if not right now
Feeling that there'll be enough measures (which might not have been shown in the tour) clarifying that (at first) accessing Reading/Shenfield/Heathrow requires changing trains or leaving the line altogether; measures like announcements, extra signs and sticky coverings over the current signage
Still I wonder how many people will arrive at TCR or Bond Street or somewhere else in the tunnelled core and ask "where's my purple train to Reading?"
Most probable scenario is that this base diagram will have vinyl stickers over the bits that won't join the service till later on with the same treatment for way finding signs/totems. Moorgate's Elizabeth line signage on the SSR platforms is covered as such. Crossrail Ltd are due to hand over completed stations to TFL sometime in the summer, which is probably when the finer details regarding signage specific to the phased opening will be adapted.
Most probable scenario is that this base diagram will have vinyl stickers over the bits that won't join the service till later on with the same treatment for way finding signs/totems.
That's pretty much my view. Crossrail are clearly installing for the end state 2019 service and there will be some form of temporary overlay to cope with the service transition phases.
Exactly the same was done when the East London Line first opened on London Overground, which initially only ran between Dalston Junction and New Cross/West Croydon/Crystal Palace. The signage covered the full route including the extensions to Clapham Junction and Highbury & Islington, and then these sections were covered over with vinyl until they opened.
Last Edit: Jun 18, 2018 12:37:28 GMT by malcolmffc