The first trains began operating on London’s Elizabeth Railway, formerly known as the Crossrail.
It will reduce many trips to the capital, but is three and a half years late և 4 billion more than the budget.
The line runs from Reading’s Heathrow Airport through central London to Abbey Wood in south-east London and Schևnfield Essex.
About 300 people gathered near Paddington Station to try to get on the first train.
He left at 6.33 in the morning with enthusiastic transport enthusiasts, who recorded that moment on social networks.
18-year-old Colin Kelson traveled from Glasgow, wearing a hat with a “Purple Train” in front, referring to the color scheme of the line.
He said. “I want to get on the first train. I have always liked trains, I have followed the project. “
Hakim Colklow, 24, also traveled to London from Chessington (Surrey) for the opening, which he called a “remarkable occasion” և “once in a lifetime”.
The project was one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, originally scheduled to open in late 2018, but was delayed.
The services will not work uninterruptedly along the whole line yet. Directions must be changed in Paddington by the fall.
It will also be closed on Sundays, except for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, to allow for more testing and software updates.
Transport officials hope that faster, slower trains, new stations will impress, will fulfill the promises made by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, that it will generate billions of pounds for the whole country.
The Elizabeth Line officially opens to the public as the first trains run on the 19 19bn London Railway | UK news
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