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Crossrail: Elizabeth line hailed as ‘fit for a Queen’ as it opens

After delays to tunnelled section under London, first trains run on time

The first Elizabeth line trains to carry passengers through the new tunnels under London departed on time on Tuesday morning, marking the start of an era of greater speed, space and comfort – “fit for a Queen, and Londoners”, the mayor, Sadiq Khan, said.

Hundreds of people braved the rain to queue outside for the first train from Paddington through central London on the line originally known as Crossrail – finally ready for service a week before the platinum jubilee celebrations for the Queen.

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