The Elizabeth Line Railway in London will finally open this month after two decades of planning. The long-awaited railway expansion will provide a much-needed boost to the capital's travel infrastructure, significantly reducing travel time and launching several new stations.
Crossrail has been under development since 2002 and is due to open in 2018.
But the rail link has so far cost .9 18.9 billion to develop as there is no shortage of crashes and controversy – £ 4.1 billion more than the budget set in 2010.
Yet, the scheme is the biggest impetus for transportation in London in decades, creating ten new stations and 26 miles of new tunnels.
Opened just before the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, the Queen is expected to attend the grand opening in the coming weeks.
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“We have been using these last few weeks to build reliability on the railways and to prepare the Elizabeth Line to welcome customers.
“The opening day is going to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK and we look forward to seeing a stunning addition to our network.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This is the most significant addition to our transport network in decades, and will revolutionize travel across the capital and the Southeast – as well as add £ 42 billion to the UK economy and hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs.”
“The future of green public transport, and the opening of the Elizabeth Line is a landmark moment for our capital and our entire country, especially in this special Platinum Jubilee year.”