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Crossrail opens: £19bn Elizabeth Line finally takes on first passengers almost 4 years late

The Elizabeth Line was officially opened by the Queen last week but only began taking passengers from 6:30am today

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Public transport fans flock to Paddington for a chance to ride the Elizabeth Line’s first-ever public train

London’s £19 billion Crossrail is finally open to passengers – some 12 years after work began and decades after the project was first considered.

The Elizabeth Line was officially opened by the Queen last week but only began taking passengers from 6:30am today.

According to Transport for London (TfL), the long-awaited railway is expected to carry 200 million people a year and increase London’s rail capacity by 10%.

Queues formed in front of some train stations this morning before the first passengers were allowed to board.

However, the line will not initially operate direct end-to-end services as it will open in phases. Also, the new Bond Street station will not open until later this year.







Crossrail was long awaited by Londoners
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Construction work began more than 12 years ago on what was then the largest infrastructure project in Europe. In 2010 the project was valued at £14.8 billion and was due to open in December 2018.

Delayed by problems with safety testing and signaling systems before the outbreak of the pandemic, Crossrail will open three and a half years late and more than £4bn over budget for a total cost of £18.8bn.

TfL commissioner Andy Byford said opening day was a truly historic moment for the capital and the country.

“We look forward to presenting a simply stunning addition to our network,” he said earlier this month.







The Elizabeth Line was long awaited
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Initially, 12 trains per hour will run in each direction through the middle section of the line, which includes 21 kilometers (13 miles) of tunnels and connects Paddington in the west with Canary Wharf and Abbey Wood in the east.

The first flights on Tuesday depart at 06:30 (0530 GMT) from Paddington and Abbey Wood.

Later in the year, the central section will connect to branches to the west and east, which could almost double services, TfL said.







The Queen opened the line last week – although she only started carrying passengers today
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The line will run through central London but also connect popular commuter towns in east and west London as it passes through Maidenhead, Slough, Ilford and Brentwood.

Once fully operational, the Elizabeth line will stop at a total of 41 accessible stations, 10 of which are brand new stations.

Crossrail estimates that the line will serve around 200 million people each year.

The 41 stops include:

  • reading
  • Twyford
  • maidenhead
  • Taplow
  • burnham
  • swamp
  • Langley
  • iver
  • West Drayton
  • Hayes & Harlington
  • Southall
  • Hanwell
  • West Ealing
  • EalingBroadway
  • Acton main line
  • Paddington
  • Bond Street
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Farringdon
  • Liverpool Street
  • Weisskapelle
  • stratford
  • Maryland
  • forest gate
  • manor park
  • Ilford
  • seven kings
  • Good mayes
  • Chadwell Heath
  • Romford
  • Gidea Park
  • Harold Holz
  • Brentwood
  • Shenfeld
  • Canary Wharf
  • Customs House
  • Woolwich
  • Abbey wood
  • Terminals 2 and 3 at Heathrow Airport
  • Heathrow Airport Terminal 4
  • Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-crossrail-opens-19bn-elizabeth-27047346 Crossrail opens: £19bn Elizabeth Line finally takes on first passengers almost 4 years late

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