London’s long-delayed and extra-budget crossrail finally opened to passengers on Tuesday, offering faster travel through Heathrow Airport in the west and multiple new, longer tunnels under the British capital from Berkshire to Essex in the east.
According to Transport for London (TfL), the railway, named after the “Elizabeth” line in honor of Queen Elizabeth, is expected to carry 200 million people a year and increase London’s rail capacity by 10%.
Construction of Europe’s largest infrastructure project at the time began more than 12 years ago. In 2010, the project had a budget of .8 14.8 billion and was set to open in December 2018.
Delayed due to security checks and signal system problems, even before the epidemic began, Crossrail would open three-and-a-half years late and cost more than .8 4 billion more than the 18 18.8 billion ($ 23.6 billion) budget.
TFL Commissioner Andy Byford said the opening day was going to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the country.
“We look forward to seeing a stunning addition to our network,” he said earlier this month.
Initially, 12 trains per hour will run in each direction through the middle of the line, which includes a 21-kilometer (13-mile) tunnel, which will connect Paddington to the west with Canary Wharf and Abbey Wood to the east.
On Tuesday the first services will depart from Paddington and Abbeywood at 6:30 am (0530 GMT)
Towards the end of the year, the central division will be connected to the western and eastern branches, which will allow the services to almost double, TfL said.