Crossrail has been killed off, it is no more, it is not resting, it is undeniably… dead. If you have any documents or signs saying Crossrail, hold onto them for they are now collectors items — rare objects never to be updated again.
The reason, for Crossrail is now the Elizabeth line, after our dear leader in Buckingham Palace.
Begone foul municipal name and hello modern branding. Goodbye to practical descriptions and hello to riding the Lizzy.
Clad in Crossrail purple, Her Maj visiting Bond Street tube station to collect a personalised tube roundel to add to her collection, while Boris completed a suggestion he made 2-years ago, and officially rebranded the railway.
In a couple of years time, you’ll be able to ride the Lizzy between the QE2 Olympic Park or the Royal Docks, out to The Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow, or (with one change) Windsor Castle.
As it happens, a lot of Crossrail people have long been riding behind Elizabeth, as that was the name given to one of their eight tunnel boring machines. So Elizabeth drilled the Elizabeth line between Canning Town and Farringdon.
But to prevent regal rivalries, the Elizabeth line never connects with the Victoria line.
Obviously, the most important question now is what will Crossrail 2 be called? I’m hoping for the Georgian line.
Incidentally, ever noticed that the L in line is always lower case? It’s the Elizabeth line, not the Elizabeth Line. And until today, Belsize Park was the only part of the London Underground to use a Z in its name.
That’s another pub quiz question killed off.