London’s new Crossrail railway will be named the Elizabeth line, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen who visited the Bond Street station construction site earlier today.
Announcing the name change, Mayor of London Boris 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.”
During her visit, the Queen was presented with a commemorative Elizabeth roundel in honour of the name change. She also met some of the engineers and apprentices involved in the construction of the new line, as well train drivers who will run the new services.
Speaking on behalf of his workforce, Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan said: “Construction for the new railway is now over 70 per cent complete and is being delivered on time and within budget. The Crossrail project is one of the most ambitious and complex infrastructure programmes ever undertaken in the UK, the scale of engineering being delivered under the capital is quite incredible.
“The opening of the Elizabeth line in 2018 will be a significant moment for London.”