With the Queens jubilee weekend coming up and the opening of the Crossrail link, it is worth looking back to where the Elizabeth Line started.

Late 2007 saw the funding strategy, that placed almost £16 billion of tax-payers money, to deliver the Crossrail project from Paddington to Abbey Wood; and from  Liverpool Street mainline station up to Shenfield. Almost 15 years later, with a price tag of £19 billion, the line is open.

House prices in London have risen 54% (on average) since the market crash of 2007, but houses in the path of the Crossrail, have seen prices increase to around 80% more. Then of course the properties with a W1 postcode, close to the Crossrail stations of Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street, have risen by 215% with an average price of 2.3 million pounds in 2022.

With 45km of new tunnels and tracks, connecting 41 stations, it is estimated that Crossrail will bring an additional 1.5 million people, within 45 minutes of central London. Queues started at midnight, the night before the official opening; and even the damp dismal day could not stop the opening pageant of samba dancers, and millions of pictures being taken on mobile phones. Within 3 hours, 130,000 journeys had been made on the new tracks.