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Crossrail to be named Elizabeth Line in honour of Queen

Crossrail will be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen, Boris Johnson announced today.

The London mayor made the announcement as the Queen visited the under-construction Crossrail station at Bond Street.

The central section of the east-west railway, which will allow 24 trains an hour in both directions to run across London and the south east and eventually stretch from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood, is due to open in 2018.

Johnson said: “Crossrail is already proving a huge success for the UK economy, and as we move closer to bringing this transformative new railway into service, I think it’s truly wonderful that such a significant line for our capital, will carry such a significant name from our country.

“As well as radically improving travel right across our city, the Elizabeth Line will provide a lasting tribute to our longest serving monarch.”

Mike Brown MVO, London’s transport commissioner, said: “This new railway is absolutely vital to meeting the needs of the Capital’s rapidly growing population. The Elizabeth Line will transform the way people get across our city and will enable London to continue to succeed, contributing to the economic health of the entire country.”

RTM reported today that a new platform has opened at Abbey Wood in preparation for Crossrail, and the Bakerloo platforms at Paddington Tube Station are due to close for the building of a 165m tunnel.

The most recent edition of RTM includes an interview with Crossrail railway systems construction manager Greg Purcell who discussed the complex task of fitting out the new £14.8bn railway’s tunnels.

(Top image c. TfL)


Andrew G   23/02/2016 at 13:41

I guess that Crossrail 1 will be named as Elizabeth Line. Just like the London Underground Victoria Line and Jubilee Line.

Mark Jameson   23/02/2016 at 14:16

Fine, but the line will only be used by commuters and the fit with strong bladders. Disgusting that no toilets are being fitted - think of discomfort for children,old, mums to be etc, anyone using off peak or for a night out. As for the disabled, getting on/off at stations - stupid. I see the services is one every 30 minutes to Reading - hardly a quick on/off service for a toilet stop at a station.

Manchester Mike   23/02/2016 at 15:54

Pathetic pandering to royalty. What has Liz done for transport? She rides limos everywhere. Keep it 'Crossrail', it does what it says on the tin, crosses London quickly. Fits in well with Crossrail 2, which will also cross London quickly.

GW   23/02/2016 at 17:37

Talk about trying to take over London. Underground lines have names. This is part of the national rail network and therefore all this will do is cause confusion. We have Thameslink and this should remain as Crossrail. Everybody will then know where they are. Another Boris botch.

Sam Jones   23/02/2016 at 18:15

It's nice, but a bit unexpected. I did expect it to stay as Crossrail, because it will surely be run similarly to London Overground, with a concession awarded to a company (MTR in this case). Since London Overground is just that, and not something like the Suburbs Line (I am fully aware that London Overground operate on more than one route), I thought that Crossrail would just stay as it is because it has built up a pretty strong brand name. I guess reasoning could be that the most frequent service would be underground, and Queen Elizabeth is the longest reining monarch and all that. Ah well, I could get used to the Elizabeth Line, it was just unexpected and a little bit unnecessary.

Gerry Baldwin   23/02/2016 at 22:55

What else will be named after that woman? Will Thameslink become The Philip Line?.....

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