London's $24 billion Crossrail finally opens

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the new Paddington Station of the Elizabeth Line in London, Britain, May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - London's long-delayed and over-budget Crossrail finally opens to passengers on Tuesday, offering faster journeys from Heathrow Airport and Berkshire in the west to Essex in the east through a series of new, long tunnels under Britain's capital.

The railway, which has been renamed the "Elizabeth" line in honour of Queen Elizabeth, is expected to carry 200 million people a year and will increase London's rail capacity by 10%, according to Transport for London (TfL).

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