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Crossrail has been renamed in a surprise announcement

23rd Feb 16 11:37 am

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Elizabeth Line

Crossrail has been renamed the Elizabeth Line, it has been revealed.

In a surprise announcement, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the line has been formally dubbed the Elizabeth Line and will be shown in purple on maps.

Johnson said he came up with the idea to name Crossrail after the Queen two years ago but has kept it a secret until now.

Elizabeth Line

The mayor said: “Queen Elizabeth has given extraordinary service to this country over an unprecedented period and it is entirely right that she should be honoured with a living tribute that will last for centuries.”


From 2018, it will be officially known as the Elizabeth Line, but up until then will be continued to be called Crossrail.

Elizabeth Line

McLoughlin said: “Given Her Majesty’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.”

The Queen was presented with a commemorative roundel today on her visit to the building work.



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