Everyone knows Crossrail opens in December 2018. But exactly when?
Which of these is it then?
Actually its both dates. Yes BOTH those dates!
WHAAT! That can’t be possible!
Slapping my head back into reality. That right? Yes it is. Blimey!
Yup. Cos I discovered a document with the details. Either Crossrail have confused themselves or they’re completely serious about how the line will actually be opened later this year. Some quick screencaps of the document headings follow.
Here’s the thing. From 9th December 2018 it will be officially opened as CROSSRAIL (forget the Elizabeth Line signs they’re scrambling to put up in place of the lovely original Crossrail roundels):
From 18th December 2018 it will be officially launched as the ELIZABETH Line:
That’s right folks! You have exactly ten days to enjoy Crossrail’s services on the central section before it becomes the new name.
P.S. Another thing I found is the detached services (Paddington-Heathrow/Liverpool Street – Shenfield) will continue as TfL/Crossrail and not the Elizabeth Line until its all finally linked up in 2019.
****Note: Some other documents suggest the Paddington-Abbey Wood section will begin 8 December 2018.