Yesterday it was announced the Elizabeth line is facing further delays, and is now set to open in autumn 2019, £600m over budget and nine months late. But as the line named after one long reigning queen is opening, another is celebrating a major anniversary. London’s Victoria line turns 50 today, and Transport for London has released some historic photos to mark the occasion. When the line opened in 1968, it ran from Walthamstow Central to Highbury & Islington and was the first new line in 61 years – before that was the Central line in 1907. Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Victoria Line on the London Underground London’s Victoria line turns 50 today, and Transport for London has released some historic photos to mark the occasion But Crossrail isn’t alone in facing issues that pushed opening back. Just 24 hours before the Victoria line was due to open, newspapers reported dampness affecting signalling equipment needed to be retested. George Follenfant, London Transport’s chief civil engineer, was quoted said ‘I think it will be ready on time’, and he was right first passenger took the 5.7mile journey on September 1, 1968. Workmen tend to the still escalators far below ground… Read full this story
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