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Crossrail will be called ‘Elizabeth line’ in honour of the Queen

PUBLISHED: 12:46 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:49 23 February 2016

Queen Elizabeth II meets Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin (left) as she arrives for a visit to the construction site of the Bond Street Crossrail Station in London, where she was seeing the Ticket Hall, a platform and a tunnel as well as staff who have worked on the site.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin (left) as she arrives for a visit to the construction site of the Bond Street Crossrail Station in London, where she was seeing the Ticket Hall, a platform and a tunnel as well as staff who have worked on the site.

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Crossrail will be named ‘the Elizabeth Line’ when it fully opens in October 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 a lilac outfit for the occasion.

The Queen viewed part of the railway tunnel and met construction apprentices dressed in bright orange jackets and trousers.

The Liverpool Street to Shenfield part of the line is due to open in May next year, and will be known as Crossrail until the rest of the line opens in 2018.

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.”

The Queen became the first reigning monarch to travel on the London Underground in 1969 when she opened the Victoria line.

In 1979 the Jubilee line was opened by the Prince of Wales. Its name and silver colour were chosen to mark the Queen’s silver jubilee.


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