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Crossrail to be named Elizabeth line in honour of the Queen

PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:48 23 February 2016

Crossrail preview of Abbey Wood station

Crossrail preview of Abbey Wood station

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The line is set to open in 2018

A new railway connecting Abbey Wood with other areas of the capital will be named the Elizabeth line in honour of the Queen.

The line - formerly referred to as Crossrail - is set to provide a significant economic boost to the city and help support thousands of new jobs and homes when it opens in 2018.

A fleet of brand new 200-metre long trains will run on the Elizabeth line, featuring nine walk-through carriages, air conditioning, CCTV and real-time travel information.

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.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP added: “Given Her Majesty the Queen’s long association with UK transport, it is very fitting that this vital link across our capital will be named the Elizabeth Line in her honour.

“This is an example of British engineering at its best and will transform the way people travel across London and beyond from 2018, bringing better and faster journeys, while boosting jobs and driving economic growth.”

London’s transport commissioner, Mike Brown, said: “This new railway is absolutely vital to meeting the needs of the capital’s rapidly growing population.

“The Elizabeth line will transform the way people get across our city and will enable London to continue to succeed, contributing to the economic health of the entire country.

“In running this important new railway we will ensure that it serves as a fitting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.”

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