Opening of London’s Elizabeth line on 24


London’s Elizabeth Line Railway opens for transport on Tuesday 24th May London (TfL) has announced.

The services will initially operate Monday through Saturday, allowing further testing and software updates to take place on Sundays.

Crossrail – the project to build the new east-west railway – was due to be completed in December 2018 and was given a £14.8bn budget in 2010.

However, it was hit by numerous problems, including construction delays and difficulties installing complex signaling systems.

The total cost of the project has been estimated at £18.9 billion, including £5.1 billion from the government.

This is the most significant expansion of our transportation network in decades

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

It is hoped that the Queen – after whom the line is named – will be involved in the opening.

TfL Commissioner Andy Byford said: “I am delighted that we can now announce a date for the opening of the Elizabeth line in May.

“We are using these last few weeks to continue to build on the reliability of the railway and get the Elizabeth Line ready to welcome customers.

“Opening day will be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK and we look forward to presenting a simply stunning addition to our network.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the Elizabeth line will make London “safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous”.

He continued, “This is the most significant addition to our transportation network in decades and will revolutionize travel throughout the capital and across the United States South East – as well as a £42billion boost to the whole UK economy and hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs.

“Green public transport is the future and the opening of the Elizabeth Line is a milestone for our capital and our entire country, especially in this special Platinum Anniversary Year.”

The Elizabeth Line will extend from Reading in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex Abbey wood in South East London.

It will initially be operated in three sections.

Trains in the central area will run through new tunnels between Paddington and Abbey Wood every five minutes from 6.30am to 11pm.

The Sunday closures will be lifted on June 5 to help travelers heading to the capital during the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The services are already operating on the east and west sections, but will be rebranded from TfL Rail to the Elizabeth Line from 24 May.

They will continue to operate seven days a week.

A full timetable of direct trains operating on the Elizabeth Line is expected to be in place by May 2023.

The Bond Street Elizabeth Line station will not be ready to open on May 24.

It should be completed by the end of the year. Opening of London’s Elizabeth line on 24

Bobby Allyn

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