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The Independent UK

Thrills today, gains tomorrow: Why the Elizabeth line is a blessing for London

Simon Calder

“There will be a short delay while we change drivers,” passengers at Edgware Road are told.

On the day the world’s newest subterranean railway line opened beneath the streets of London, I temporarily sidestepped the carnival of rail enthusiasts to jolt along the oldest Underground line on the planet: the link from Paddington to Farringdon.

What with the changeover, the journey on the Victorian-era “cut and cover” line lasted 21 minutes.