The snazzy new purple Elizabeth line has been taking London by storm since it opened in May, with its icy air conditioning, sci-fi-esque tunnels and extremely speedy (and punctual) service. Now, there’s a chance to walk the length of the new line (the bit that's open, anyway). And it’s all for charity.
The 24km (15 mile) trek is taking place on Friday October 7, and you’ll march all the way from Woolwich in darkest south-east London to Paddington in the west. It’s been organised in aid of charity The Railway Children, which helps homeless and vulnerable children in the UK, India and east Africa.
Now, this might come as a disappointment to those of you who love subterranean stuff, but the walk isn’t actually along the tracks, it’s above ground. On the plus side, you won’t have to jump out of the way of oncoming trains. Along the walk you’ll visit every Elizabeth line station, collecting a stamp at each one as you pass. You’ll also be given a fold-out map and will get a special medal when you cross the finish line.
To take part, it costs £20 to register and there’s a £100 minimum sponsorship pledge.
And to put the distance into perspective, it takes about seven-and-a-half hours to walk 15 miles, just over half the length of a marathon. Maybe the QUEUE will have got you match-fit.
Elizabeth line Rail Trail, Oct 7.