Crossrail: How London's Tube map will look after the launch of the Elizabeth Line, running from Shenfield and Abbey Wood to Reading

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Get ready Londoners: the Tube map is about to undergo another big change, ahead of the launch of a new line crossing the capital from east to west.

The project formerly known as Crossrail was rebranded the Elizabeth Line yesterday, in deference to our good lady monarch.

The Elizabeth Line is due to launch fully in 2019 when it will run from Abbey Wood in east London and Shenfield in Essex to Reading in the west.

It is expected to shave minutes off journey times to key stops including Heathrow, Bond Street, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street, carrying half a million people a day.

Here's how it will look on its own.

The first section - between Shenfield and Liverpool Street will launch this year, but here's how it will look by the end of 2018, when it will be fully integrated into the rest of the Tube map.

Some people are excited about the prospect - others are more sardonic.

Here's the full timeline for when the Elizabeth Line will launch:

May 2015

TfL Rail services opened between Liverpool Street Main Line and Shenfield.

May 2017

The first new train enters passenger service.

May 2018

TfL Rail service opens between Paddington (National Rail) and Heathrow Terminal 4, replacing the existing Heathrow Connect service and part of the Great Western inner suburban service.

December 2018

The Elizabeth Line opens between Paddington and Abbey Wood.

May 2019

The Elizabeth line extends from Shenfield to Paddington.

December 2019

The Elizabeth line is fully open, extending to Reading and Heathrow Terminal 4.

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