The Elizabeth Line’s long-awaited Bond Street station opening has taken place, dubbed the “jewel in the crown of the West End’s” transport link.
Crossrail’s latest new station will relieve congestion in the heart of London’s shopping district, giving more access to Oxford Circus.
Its opening takes place ahead of the 6 November launch of extensions from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield.
The launch was attended by outgoing London Transport Commissioner, Andy Byford, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, Katherine Fletcher MP. The first visitors to the station were treated to a live performance by Rosie Graham.
Speaking at the opening, Khan, said called the glistening new station “spectacular”.
“The spacious, stylish and step-free station at Bond Street is a huge boost for our retail and hospitality businesses and will radically improve travel across London and the South East by providing a new link to one of the busiest shopping districts in Europe ahead of the festive period,” the mayor said.
He recalled Her Majesty the Queen opening the Paddington station in May, saying Crossrail is delivering “a £42bn boost to the UK economy”.
Transport Minister Katherine Fletcher told City A.M.: “It’s like an engineering marvel, where they have connected all of the old Victorian infrastructure to a genuinely 21st century standard, [which] is safer, cleaner [and] more efficient.”
Andy Byford called the new station “the jewel in the crown of the West End’s transport provision.”
“When I came to TfL I set two clear priorities, one of which was to get the Elizabeth line open without further delay. Today’s opening, after years of hard work, marks the completion of the central section of the Elizabeth line, which now includes 10 world-class new stations.”
The new station’s opening was also praised by Ros Morgan, chief executive of Heart of London Business Alliance, who called it “fantastic news for the West End” and a “step-change in improving connectivity and accessibility”
New West End Company’s head of sustainability and urban infrastructure Will Dyson told City A.M. the station’s opening will drive investment into the West End.
“We’ve really seen the heart of London experience a great recovery after the Covid pandemic and we want to continue to see that growth,” he said.
“The opening of the new Elizabeth line station will just further enhance that kind of investment into the West End.”