Readers have given a mixed reaction to the launch of direct trains on the Elizabeth line into central London.

On Sunday (November 6), through routes began on each branch of the line into the heart of the capital.

Commuters coming from east London no longer need to change at Liverpool Street and can instead travel on directly to Paddington on either the Shenfield or Abbey Wood branches.

READ MOREDirect services launch on Elizabeth line into central London

The introduction of the direct trains led to praise on Facebook from some readers who used the new service.

Adam Magson wrote: "Rode it yesterday (November 6) with my mate, fantastic line and really quick and easy to get into London."

Julie Hobley also travelled on the line on the same day and described it as "fab".

She added: "Shaves off so much time and the links to other lines at LS (Liverpool Street) is so much easier."

The direct trains were hailed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who joined transport leaders to ride from Stratford to Paddington on Sunday morning.

He described the development as "a huge moment for the capital’s connectivity".

But not everyone has reacted so positively.

Ellie Newell posted on Facebook: "Great if going to Bond St etc, but not so convenient if you want to go to the city and get off at Liverpool Street."

Kevin Wiles wrote: "So much for being quicker to get to Liverpool Street. Extra station and then a long escalator up to street level.

"And then the return, back down to the platform onto a busy train instead of a waiting empty one."

Redbridge resident Jayne Willow posted: "I can get to London on the Central line quicker than I can get two buses to Ilford to get the Elizabeth line."

Transport for London said a "small number" of services will not run directly through into the central tunnels and some customers may need to change at Liverpool Street, "particularly" on early morning services.

Engineering work is also planned on November 12 and the weekend of November 19 and 20 when no service will run on the Elizabeth line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street/Whitechapel.

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