The Queen visited the Crossrail construction works in Bond Street station, which is being performed by Ferrovial Agroman, in a ceremony in which the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced that the new commuter line will be called Elizabeth Line in her honour.
This line will transform the way to travel around the city, in addition to boosting the economy and creating thousands of new jobs and homes. During the visit, the Queen was handed a commemorative underground plaque with the name Elizabeth Line and had the opportunity to chat with many of the staff involved in the construction of the largest infrastructure project in Europe, including the director of Ferrovial Agroman UK + Ireland, Mario Mostoles.
"Crossrail is already proving a huge success for the UK economy, and as we move closer to bringing this new railway into service, I think it’s truly wonderful that such a significant line for our capital will carry such a significant name for our country" the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said.
The biggest infrastructure project in Europe
Ferrovial Agroman is playing a key role in developing Crossrail, with the excavation of two tunnels, the construction of Farringdon station and creating the entrances and lobbies for the Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations.
Crossrail is one of the largest infrastructure projects currently being executed in Europe, with a budget of 18.285 billion euros. The project will increase London's rail capacity by 10% thanks to the construction of 118 kilometres of infrastructure. The aim is to cater to the travel demands of the city's population of nearly 8 million. The complete line is expected to be operational in 2018, allowing 1.5 million people to travel to London's central business areas in 45 minutes.
Crossrail will cross London from east to west, linking Heathrow Airport
, the city centre, the City and Canary Wharf. This project involves building 8 new stations, improving 28 existing ones and adding 21 kilometres of underground track to the 90 already built.
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