For many Londoners, nothing can draw more excitement than a cool new addition to the Underground network. We all saw that first hand when the Elizabeth line first got up an running in May 2022. And, I can’t lie, Bond Street’s latest addition is looking so damn fine that I *might* just be a convert to “train enthusiast” now.
I mean, just look at it in its purple sign-kissed glory that looks like something out of a sci-fi blockbuster and making our lives infinitely more convenient.
Those are the escalators that act as a teleportation device to the futuristic landscape that is Bond Street station, which arrived a little later than the other Elizabeth line stops on Monday (October 24), but now provides the godsend of another central stop along the Crossrail tracks.
The new line at Bond Street brings with it some fancy new upgrades to the station, including two new ticket halls and fancy new bronze ceiling decoration scattered throughout the vicinity. The escalator at the new station on the Hanover Square entrance also happens to be the second-longest across the entire Tube network. We can’t really fault it for being narrowly smaller than the one at Angel station, though – have you ever used that tall king? You’ll grow a full beard in the time between hopping on and off, and I for one am here for it.
Arriving at 5:47am on Monday (October 24) morning, the first train sailed through Bond Street in style marking the opening of all 10 new stations on the central arc of the Lizzie line.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was also on hand to give the station a grand opening alongside London Transport Commissioner Andy Byford and Katherine Fletcher MP.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted to be here today as the spectacular new Elizabeth line station at Bond Street opens to passengers for the first time. 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. I can’t wait for Londoners and visitors to our capital to experience this beautiful new station for themselves
“The opening of the Elizabeth line by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Paddington in May was a landmark moment, not just for London but for the entire country. It is playing a crucial role in our recovery from the pandemic and delivering a £42 billion boost to the UK economy, supporting hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs. The Elizabeth line is helping to build a better London – a fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all. I’m so proud of this new line.”