Crossrail will be named the Elizabeth Line, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen, when the service opens in December 2018.
London mayor Boris Johnson made the announcement today as the Queen visited the Crossrail station site at Bond Street.
The tour of the site was also attended by secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin, London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown, Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan and chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme.
During the visit, the Queen met a range of people involved with the project, including apprentices and engineers.
“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,” commented Johnson.
“As well as radically improving travel right across our city, the Elizabeth Line will provide a lasting tribute to our longest serving monarch.”
Morgan added: “Construction for the new railway is now over 70% complete and is being delivered on time and within budget. The Crossrail project is one of the most ambitious and complex infrastructure programmes ever undertaken in the UK, the scale of engineering being delivered under the capital is quite incredible.
“The opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2018 will be a significant moment for London.”
When complete, the Elizabeth Line will provide a direct connection between Heathrow and Paddington, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf. The service will open in five phases:
- Liverpool Street to Shenfield – May 2017
- Heathrow to Paddington (mainline platforms) – May 2018 (when the Crossrail concession takes over the Heathrow Connect service)
- Paddington (Crossrail platforms) to Abbey Wood, through the new central tunnels – December 2018
- Paddington (Crossrail platforms) to Shenfield – May 2019
- Full through service (including services to Reading) – December 2019