The first wave of Elizabeth line roundels are now in place with only months to go until the opening of the new railway!
The Elizabeth line will stretch more than 60 miles from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through London via special tunnels, and out across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
10 brand new stations have been built and over 30 have been upgraded to make room for the Elizabeth line.
That doesn’t just mean building new platforms but it also means making room for new signs, telling travellers where to go!
Those really iconic London Underground signs you see are called ’roundels’ and the first wave of Elizabeth line roundels have been going up around London.
The roundel has existed since 1908, when it first used to help the station name stand-out from adverts and posters.
Now it’s a huge part of London, seen everywhere! That’s basically what Mike Brown MVO said – he’s London’s Transport Commissioner:
The roundel is at the heart of our heritage, guiding Londoners and visitors to our city for over 100 years.
Now it’s being used as part of the Crossrail project and the Elizabeth Line will even feature on the London Underground map one day!
From December 2018, fifteen trains per hour will run through the new tunnels, increasing to 24 trains per hour through the central section by May 2019.
In 2019, customers from Reading and Heathrow will be able to travel all the way through central London to the West End and the City and beyond without needing to change trains!
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