Ask any London commuter to describe how they feel about their daily tube journey in one word and I doubt the word 'excited' will feature. However, I find myself getting just that with the anticipation of the forthcoming opening of the Elizabeth line.
8 years in the making with over 100 million working hours, 4.5 millions tonnes of excavated material and a handful of plague victim's skeletons later, the 200 metre long trains (equivalent to the length of two football pitches) will soon be in operation along the new 42 kilometre tunnels with over 200 million passengers.
Having read the facts and viewed the impressive progress photos I admit I wish I'd some involvement in this prestigious scheme. That said, I am pleased to read that almost a third of Crossrail's 10,000 jobs are filled by women. That's a 10% above industry average.
Other benefits include the 20% increase in surrounding property prices and Reading is lobbying for city status with house prices to rise by 50% in the next 6 years.
I for one cannot wait to take the journey and follow in the Queen's tracks! After all, it's not every day you can say that is it?!
The massive new Crossrail infrastructure project, which will be known as the Elizabeth line once it opens, is now more than 85% complete, according to the project's official website. Costing £14.8 billion, the line will stretch all the way from Reading in the west through to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. Services from Liverpool street to Shenfield will open in December 2018 with the full line being operational by the end of 2019. The line will run for more than 60 miles with trains stretching out to 200 meters long in a new upgraded look