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Edward to mark the completion of the Crossrail with Elizabeth Line journey

The Earl of Wessex marks the completion of London’s Crossrail project by traveling on the Elizabeth line.

Edward will be met by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford at Paddington station on Tuesday.

He will meet staff who have played key roles in the project and who will manage the railway, including train drivers, station staff and trainees.

Crossrail was due to be completed in December 2018 but suffered major delays (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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The Earl will unveil a commemorative plaque before using a commemorative Oyster card to purchase the first ticket on the Elizabeth line.

He will then travel aboard a train to Tottenham Court Road station before returning to Paddington.

The Elizabeth Line, named in honor of his mother the Queen, will open to passengers on May 24.

It was hoped that the head of state would attend the opening, but she has missed a number of major events this year due to ongoing problems with her mobility.

Crossrail, the project to build the new east-west railway, was delayed and under budget due to numerous problems, including construction difficulties and complications installing signaling systems.

It was due to be completed in December 2018 and had a £14.8 billion budget in 2010.

The total cost was estimated at £18.9 billion, including £5.1 billion from the government.

The Elizabeth Line will increase capacity and reduce journey times for trips around the capital.

It will stretch from Reading in Berkshire and Heathrow Airport in west London to Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in south-east London.

The trains will initially run in three sections, which are expected to be integrated in the autumn.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/boris-johnson-crossrail-mayor-paddington-station-sadiq-khan-b2080505.html Edward to mark the completion of the Crossrail with Elizabeth Line journey

Bobby Allyn

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