London’s remarkable new train service, the Elizabeth Line is more, or less, open. Its currently running as 3 separate services; the east & west sections (largely overground) and the core section mainly underground.
The service will be completely linked in late Autumn 2022, by which time the unopened Bond Street station will be finished. The trains are full-size overground trains – up to 200m long, and the system may well be capable of running automatically, though currently, it does have drivers.
The name is in honour of Queen Elizabeth, who already has the Jubilee Line named in her honour after the Silver Jubilee. The Elizabeth Line’s purple colour may well have been chosen to represent Imperial Purple, irrespective – for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – purple seems to be the colour theme.
It is a superb service – the trains are extremely comfortable, and the stations themselves are well designed, of course, and very easy to use.
London is en fete, decked out in flags for the Jubilee celebrations. Even the miserable grey London Pigeons have been ousted by far more attractive Parakeets, in their lime green and bright crimson beaks.