The Anonymous Widower

Crossrail Pushing Hard For A March Opening Date

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Ian Visits.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The Crossrail project is pushing hard to open the new Elizabeth line by the end of March, although there is a warning that this could delay some of the later phases of completing the line.

There have been suggestions that the project team is now confident that the latest tests and the works over Christmas to update ventilation and train software systems could see the line open potentially as soon as Sunday 6th March.

Ian’s article mentions nothing about the feel-good factor that the opening would surely bring.

I feel that this is the main reason the line should open as soon as possible.

I also feel, that as the line has been a long time coming, that passenger numbers will ramp up quickly and bring in more revenue than expected. Just look at the way, passengers used the Borders Railway, the Dartmoor Line and the Overground after they opened.

The line certainly needs to be opened before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

January 11, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. My take is better to get the core open asap even if through running gets pushed back and probably a better strategy to let the core work for a while self contained anyhow.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | January 11, 2022 | Reply

    • Dear Old Vicky opened in sections and didn’t she do well!

      I think it would give everybody a tremendous lift!

      Comment by AnonW | January 11, 2022 | Reply

  2. Sunday, 20th March would be a nice opening date:
    that will be the day when spring begins.

    Comment by Wolfgang Maresch | January 12, 2022 | Reply

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