Elizabeth Line superfans using new service divided over its trendy nickname

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Train Youtuber Joseph Callahan loved the 'Lizzie Line' nickname
Train Youtuber Joseph Callahan loved the 'Lizzie Line' nickname

Elizabeth Line superfans using the new service for the first time on Tuesday morning were divided over its trendy new nickname.

Some Londoners have already begun calling the new service the “Lizzie Line”, but others weren’t too keen on the name.

New Elizabeth line stations opened in Central and South East London opened today and welcomed thousands of passengers through their doors after years of delays.

Thanks to the new line, those living in places like Woolwich and Abbey Wood can now reach London’s most iconic streets and neighbourhoods – such as Tottentham Court Road, Paddington and Farringdon – much quicker than in the past.

News Shopper: Rail fanatics at Abbey Wood disagreed over the train's newly-christened nickname (photo: Kiro Evans)
News Shopper: Rail fanatics at Abbey Wood disagreed over the train's newly-christened nickname (photo: Kiro Evans)

Rail fanatics at Abbey Wood disagreed over the train's newly-christened nickname (photo: Kiro Evans)

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service about the “Lizzie line” nickname, Sophie Relph said she was not a fan.

She said: “No, not a fan. It’s too colloquial for the Queen.”

Vlad Slepukhin, who was on his way to Tottenham Court Road, was more open to the idea. He said: “If her majesty doesn’t mind…”

Rail enthusiast Nick, who did not give a second name, said his views on the monarchy decided what name he called it.

He said: “I still call it Crossrail, but I’m a Republican. I won’t be doing anything next week [for the Jubilee]. But it’s going to get called sorts of things. Kids are going to go ‘oh, that purple line!’

But transport Youtuber Joseph Callahan, who was taking videos at Abbey Wood, was a fan of “Lizzie Line”.

News Shopper: While disagreement over the name, travellers were united over how much they were impressed with the new Elizabeth Line (photo: Kiro Evans)
News Shopper: While disagreement over the name, travellers were united over how much they were impressed with the new Elizabeth Line (photo: Kiro Evans)

While disagreement over the name, travellers were united over how much they were impressed with the new Elizabeth Line (photo: Kiro Evans)

He said: “I think it’s brilliant! Absolutely brilliant.” He added: “It’s a great honour to ride on these trains.”

Also at Abbey Wood was train enthusiast Paul Stone, who had travelled from Derbyshire on Monday just to experience the opening of the new line.

He said he wanted to keep the name traditional.

He said: “[It should be] Elizabeth, in my eyes. Lizzie would be doing it an injustice.”

Yet at Woolwich Station, Connor Taylor said: “It sounds better. Rolls off the tongue. It’s not as much as a mouthful.”

The new station has opened a week ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to celebrate 70 years of service.

The Queen has been the monarch since February 1952.

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