When the Crossrail project announced that it would be called the Elizabeth line, few realised it was the second attempt to have an Elizabeth line in London.
I came across an old petition on the government’s ePetition’s website calling for the Northern line to be renamed — as the Elizabeth line.
Submitted in August 2012, it garnered the grand total of ONE supporting signature, presumably the authors.
Despite that lack of public support, it received a formal response — basically, nothing to do with the government anyway, so don’t bother putting up a petition on the government website.
Although we came nowhere near having an Elizabeth line, the long running plans to split the Northern line into two separate services does beg the question of what they will be called when the split occurs.
Will one retain the Northern line name, and a new line appear, or will we get two entirely new names — whatever the answer, you can expect howls of outrage and anguish about whatever the decision is.
Feel sorry for the poor sod making that decision.