Transport for London (TfL) has announced the installation of new purple roundels as part of the first phase of work at multiple stations across London’s Elizabeth line.
The latest version of TfL’s design has been installed at Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Custom House stations, marking an important milestone of the project, which is scheduled to open in roughly 11 months.
The Elizabeth line, formerly known as Crossrail, is a 118km-long railway network that will serve London and the South East of England, running from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
It is currently slated to begin opening to the public in phases from December and is intended to provide easier and more accessible journeys across London.
The line will comprise a total of ten step-free stations.
Crossrail 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.”
The new purple Elizabeth line roundel features the Johnston typeface and has been specially designed to make it visually distinctive from the London Underground and London Overground lines.
London Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross said: “The Elizabeth line will truly transform travel across London and the South East.
“The installation of the roundels, incorporating TfL’s iconic design, shows how close we are now to the line opening, with new stations right at the heart of Central London.
“The new roundels also show the huge benefits that Crossrail has provided to the economy all across the UK.”
TfL and the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) are jointly responsible for financing the Elizabeth line project, which is valued at approximately £14.8bn.
The network is anticipated to connect stations such as Paddington to Canary Wharf with a journey time of roughly 17 minutes upon completion.