Today sees the opening of Crossrail, or the Elizabeth line as it's now known. As a Mill Hill resident, I have to say I'm totally underwhelmed by the whole Crosswail thing. The powers that be are making out it's a new concept and something wonderful. It's not, Thameslink has been crossing London since 1988, with no fanfair. It has a proper name, more destinations, better trains. Whilst it will make getting to Heathrow and Docklands (and who want's to go there) by train a bit better. This got me thinking, if you were to have a face off between Crossrail and Thameslink, which line is more impressive?
I'd go for Thameslink every time. Of course it's great that Thameslink is finally open, but here's a few facts that prove Thameslink is far better.
Major London Rail Terminus served
Kings Cross Paddington
St Pancras Liverpool St
End of Line Destinations
Cambridge Abbey Wood
League Football Grounds Served
Brighton & Hove Albion Reading
Cambridge Utd West Ham
- 700/1: 666 seats 450 seated, 4 wheelchair, 1,500 people total
- plus 1088 standees
- 1754 TOTAL
Toilets on Trains
And best of all, you get this view on Thameslink's heart in Blackfriars.
London Blackfriars station. Is there a more glorious station anywhere pic.twitter.com/Y0KisQoo2Y— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) October 1, 2013