Crossrail opening date finally announced

Crossrail will open in just 20 days’ time, Transport for London announced on Wednesday.The long-awaited line, which fell years behind schedule and went billions over budget, will start running through central London on Tuesday May 24.TfL said the “stunning” £20bn project - which will be renamed the Elizabeth line - would transform the capital’s public transport network, adding 10 per cent capacity and boosting the post-pandemic return to work.Wednesday’s announcement, which is subject to final safety approvals, had been eagerly awaited but the chosen date is slightly earlier than many expected and will act as a precursor to the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

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