The Elizabeth Line is finally open: here is everything you need to know

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  • The Lizzy Line is here...

    Londoners, the Elizabeth Line is now open and our lives have changed forever.

    First, the Queen made a stylish outing to open the new line, and now it is our turn to ride the Lizzy Line.

    This morning, the new Crossrail line opened it’s brand new (screened) doors. After many delays, queues of fans waited overnight to take the first Elizabeth Line journey from Paddington to Abbey Wood. Setting off at 6:33am this morning, the usual quiet morning commute was filled with excitement.

    Paddington station had to be evacuated this morning due to a fire alarm at 9am. Disrupting some journeys and adding to the excitement of others, the station was back up and running within 30 minutes.

    Where did the name come from?

    The Crossrail line was renamed the Elizabeth Line back in 2016, in honour of The Queen. As the first reigning monarch to travel on the London underground in 1969, the line is purple in honour of HRH too. 

    Fans even wore masks of HRH to celebrate the opening this morning.

    Elizabeth Line

    The line has been labelled revolutionary as it spans 60 miles from Reading to Shenfield.

    Speaking of its impact, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan says:

    “This is the most significant addition to our transport network in decades, and will revolutionise travel across the capital and the southeast – as well as delivering a £42 billion boost to the whole UK economy and hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs.”

    By 10am this morning, 130,000 journeys had already been made on the new line, according to TFL.

    Elizabeth Line stations

    It serves 41 stations, including:

    • Paddington
    • Bond Street
    • Tottenham Court Road
    • Farringdon
    • Liverpool Street
    • Whitechapel
    • Canary Wharf
    • Custom House
    • Woolwich

    Although the line opened today, Bond Street station is still yet to be completed and will not stop there until it has had it’s Lizzy Line make over. The stations are transformed with arched ceilings and a lot more space.

    Elizabeth Line

    The extra space is needed as each new train can hold up to 1,500 passengers.

    Although the Elizabeth Line has been delayed many times, the opening date just in time for the Jubilee weekend is the perfect way to celebrate HRH. The original idea first came about in the 1970s but work did not start until 2009.

    Delayed three and a half years, the new line came at a cost of £17.6 billion.

    Take a look at train enthusiast, Francis Bourgeois, Elizabeth line journey.

    The Elizabeth Line Crossrail map

    Get familiar with the new line and see how it can change your journey for the better.

    When is the Elizabeth Line opening?

    If you can adjust your journey to try it out, make sure you do (especially while it’s still fresh and clean).

    Let us know how your Elizabeth Line journeys go.

     

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