A new Crossrail line has been unveiled in London – and it’s named after the Queen.
The Elizabeth line will link parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to Essex.
It will open in the centre of the capital in December 2018.
The announcement was made by London Mayor Boris Johnson as the Queen visited the under-construction Bond Street station.
She unveiled the purple Elizabeth line logo which will feature across the network, and wore an Angela Kelly lilac wool crepe dress with matching coat and hat for the occasion.
Mr Johnson said: ‘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.
‘As well as radically improving travel right across our city, the Elizabeth line will provide a lasting tribute to our longest-serving monarch.’
Everything you need to know about the Crossrail
What is it?
A new railway service that will stop at Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, via central London, to Essex and south-east London.
How many trains will there be?
65 brand-new ‘British Rail Class 345’ trains – they’re each 200 metres long and capable of carrying up to 1,500 passengers.
How much is this all costing?
Nearly £15 billion.
When’s it due to open?
Lines will open sporadically from May this year right through to 2019.
The Queen became the first reigning monarch to travel on the London Underground in 1969 when she opened the Victoria line.
The network will stretch from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
A fleet of new 656ft (200m) long trains with nine walk-through air-conditioned carriages will run on the line.
When and where will the new Elizabeth line open?
- 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
The network will be opened in several phases, beginning with the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route in May next year.
Some 24 trains an hour will run in each direction in the central London tunnels when they open in December 2018.
The full through service to Reading is due to begin in December 2019.