Drum roll please – it’s the big reveal! What is London’s Crossrail to be called when it opens in December 2018? You’ve got three guesses when we tell you that it’s named in honour of Her Majesty…you got it! The ‘Elizabeth Line’. The name was unveiled along with the line’s purple colour theme as the Queen visited Bond Street station to see construction and meet staff. Apparently Boris Johnson came up with the idea to call the £15 billion route after the Queen two years ago — but the name has been kept under wraps until now. Sneaky.
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Crossrail is one of the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects the country has seen, and when completed is expected to carry around 200 million passengers a year. It will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via central London. The first section will be known as Crossrail when it opens next May, between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in Essex, with the Elizabeth Line opening in December 2018 and a full service by 2019.
In total there are 42km of underground tunnels, designed to transport 72,000 passengers per hour, with 24 trains an hour running in each direction, adding 10 per cent to London’s rail capacity. It took two years of 24-hour drilling (by eight 1000-tonne boring machines) to complete the route.
The Queen opened the Victoria line in 1969, becoming the first serving monarch to take the tube…so it only seems fair that this is named after her! Boris stated: ‘As well as radically improving travel right across our city, the Elizabeth line will provide a lasting tribute to our longest-serving monarch.’
Blimey! Well we are certainly excited about this…although the new map sort of hurts our eyes a bit.
No more whinging about having to go to zone 4 anymore though, folks!
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