The new roundel for the Elizabeth Line. Crossrail, the highly anticipated new rail system running from Reading to Shenfield through the heart of London has been named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen.
The new name was unveiled at a ceremony at Bond Street Station, attended by the Queen, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. The Queen was presented with commemorative Elizabeth roundel and met with a range of people involved in the Crossrail construction at the site.
What is the new Elizabeth Line?
The new Elizabeth Line is what developers and Londoners have known as Crossrail, the high-speed rail service intended to bring increased capacity to the capital’s transport system. It has been officially renamed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in honour of the Queen.
How far will it run?
The line will link parts of Berkshire with Buckinghamshire and Essex when it is fully open, running more than 60 miles from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Reading and Heathrow in the west, including a 13 mile stretch underground through central London.
When will it open?
The Elizabeth Line is set to open fully in December 2018, though trains on the rail service will start running in five phases:
Liverpool Street to Shenfield: May 2017
Heathrow to Paddington: May 2018
Paddington to Abbey Wood: December 2018
Paddington to Shenfield: May 2019
Full through service, including services to Reading: December 2019
How many passengers will it take?
The line is expected to run around 24 trains an hour in each direction through the central London tunnels, on 656ft long trains made up of nine walk-through air-conditioned carriages. Once the line is fully open it is expected to carry over half a million passengers a day.
Will it appear on the Tube map?
Yes – it will appear as a new light purple line on the London Underground map, running from Shenfield and Abbey Wood through central London stations Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street out to Heathrow and Reading.
Do other London Underground lines honour the Queen?
Yes – In 1977 the Jubilee line was opened by the Prince of Wales and was named to mark 25 years since the Queen’s accession to the throne.