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Crossrail will be called the 'Elizabeth line' in honour of Her Maj

Isabelle Aron

Forget everything you've heard about Crossrail. Okay, maybe not everything – just the name, because it's got a new one. It's just been announced that the new train service will be called the Elizabeth line, in honour of the Queen. Her Maj went down to check out the construction at Bond Street today and unveiled the new name.

It won't be officially called the Elizabeth line until it fully opens in 2018, so you've got two years to rid the word 'Crossrail' from your vocabulary. When the first section opens next May between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in Essex it'll be known as Crossrail, but when trains start running through central London in December 2018, it'll officially be the Elizabeth line. Let's just hope they don't decide to name Crossrail 2 the 'Charles line', because London definitely doesn't need that.

Speaking of Crossrail 2, here's why everyone's angry about it.

And here's what the new Crossrail trains will look like.


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