With 11 months to go until the opening of the Elizabeth line in London, another milestone has been hit, with the installation of the first new roundels.
The historic roundel sign – first seen at St James’s Park Underground station 110 years ago – has now appeared at Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Custom House.
It is another significant milestone for London’s new railway which will transform transport in the capital with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys.
The last progress report from Crossrail showed that 87% of work has already been completed, and even more work has been undertaken since then, with opening of 10 new state-of-the-art stations on track to start opening in December.
The new roundels give a mix of the brand new future that awaits transport in London, but also provides the traditional look associated with the capital since the first one appeared all those years ago.
One of the most recognised and imitated logos in the world, the roundels for the Elizabeth line will be purple and have been designed in a way that is distinctive from those roundels used on the London Overground and London Underground.
Once it is opened, the Elizabeth line will connect stations such as Paddington to Canary Wharf in only 17 minutes, with 15 trains per hour running through the new tunnels.
This will increase to 24 through the central section by May 2019.
Crossrail’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wolstenholme, said: “Transport for London’s famous roundel has been updated for the Elizabeth line with installation now underway as part of the architectural fit-out of the new stations in central London and Docklands.
“The manufacture and installation of the Elizabeth line roundels by specialist suppliers from across the UK is another important milestone in the delivery of London’s newest railway.”
As well as boosting travel links, the new stations will add billions to the economy and support thousands of new homes and jobs – the latter of which has included work for apprentices throughout construction.