VIDEO: The start of the Elizabeth line’s purple reign

22 January 2018 | By James Kenny

The new roundels and signage for the Elizabeth line have been installed ahead of its opening in December 2018.

The first roundels have been installed at stations including Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Custom House in a significant milestone for Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Construction has now entered its final stages and the line will go live in phases from December, with the opening of 10 new state-of-the-art stations, all step-free.

The Elizabeth line will feature instantly recognisable roundels and signage with photos and video footage released today giving a glimpse of the craft behind their production.

The TfL roundel is among the most recognised and imitated logos in the world.

The newest addition to the family – the purple Elizabeth line – has been designed to ensure it is visually distinctive from the London Underground and London Overground lines. The roundels also feature the classic Johnston typeface.

Andrew Wolstenholme, chief executive of Crossrail, 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.”

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