Crossrail may be billions of pounds over budget and three and a half years late, but it is finally ready to go.
This unusual technical feat is due to be put into operation on Tuesday when it takes its proper name “Elizabeth Line”.
The Queen this week made an unexpected visit to Paddington Station and officially opened the line.
On the line: The Thames flows through Maidenhead, which will now have a direct link to central London thanks to its new Crossrail station
Connecting Shanfield and Abby Wood in the east with Heathrow and Reading in the west of the capital, it will connect existing commuter railways, speed up movement around the city and relieve congestion of the London Underground – especially often the infernal central line.
Passenger travel time will be reduced; Reading to London’s Liverpool Street, for example, will take less than an hour.
If it is fully operational, it will increase London Railways ’capacity by 10 per cent, making it the largest expansion of the city’s transport network in more than 70 years.
There are a few more glitches that need to be fixed. Initially, passengers traveling from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood and beyond will have to change at Paddington or Liverpool Street stations.
Bond Street is also three months behind schedule. Trains will go there only at the end of the year. However, these delays fade when you consider how the Elizabeth line will change rail travel in the capital.
Cross City: The Elizabeth Line will run from east to west through London, from Berkshire to Essex
The new station in Paddington, for example, is the size of three Wembley football pitches, with natural lighting to the entrance to the platform from a glass canopy nearly 400 feet long.
More than £ 1 billion has been spent on upgrading 31 existing stations and routes. Spacious tunnels lead to spacious 600-foot-high platforms with glass screens along the edges of the tracks, making it impossible to get under the train.
Stepless access from the street to the train will make the service accessible for wheelchair users.
Nine-car trains with air conditioning will have colorful benches and an open interior with pass-through connections between the cars across the entire width. It will be a world away from today’s cramped, hectic carriages.
Several engineering projects are changing our lives, but The Elizabeth Line promises to do just that. People are already flocking to the new stations.
A Savills study last year found that over the past five years, homes within 0.6 miles of about half of the stations on the line have risen in price by 25 percent or more.
It follows that if the new smooth and air trains come into operation, delivering people to their jobs twice as fast, we can expect migration to west London.
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Revival of reading
Costs: more than £ 1 billion has been spent on upgrading 31 existing stations and routes
Not so long ago, Reading was best known for its brewery and biscuit factory – no more.
International companies, including Amazon UK, Virgin Media and KPMG, have moved there, and with homes at reasonable prices, compared to London, the city is already popular with passengers.
“I recently dealt with a young woman who sold her 750-square-foot apartment in London for £ 600,000 and bought a 1,750-foot duplex in Reading for £ 650,000,” says James Hathaway of Winkworth real estate agents.
The city has a lot of greenery, walks along the river, listed on the Thames Lida Class II and wonderful shops, especially on Broad Street and downtown Oracle. The average price of a house sold in Reading last year was £ 384,000.
Compare that to the average price of £ 512,000, say, in East London, and you’ll see why leaving the capital is predicted if the Elizabeth line makes commuting unpleasant.
The girl goes on
This Berkshire city is looking to attract city bankers who were previously put off from life because they have to cross the capital’s underground system to get to work.
“The Elizabeth line is changing all that, and buyer demand has already increased,” says Don Caritt at Jackson-Stops real estate agents.
“The prospect of living by the river in Maidenhead or in nearby villages such as Soning and Bray is attractive.”
Maidenhead (with Theresa May as MP) is on the verge of a renaissance. Its 1960s mall is to be transformed into The Nicholson Quarter, a chic multifunctional mall.
The riverfront area is thriving, and trendy cocktail bars and restaurants such as the Coppa Club are thriving – a sure sign of a city on a hill.
Ricky Gervais did not show Slough a favor when he put “Office” there. However, the city has a lot to do with it. It is well located for travel, located between the M4 and M40 motorways and within easy reach of the M25 and Heathrow Airport.
For the first time, the portal for buyers for the first time Share to Buy claims that Slough has entered the top ten places in the UK in the last decade with a rise in house prices by 73 percent.
The Berkeley Group is renovating the former Horlicks factory and site to create 1,300 homes.
A small apartment sells for £ 150,000 and a three-room house with a terrace for £ 350,000. The center is improving, and with the arrival of the Elizabeth Line things can get better.
In the market … hot spots