The time is finally here that we've all been waiting for, as after 20 years Crossrail is officially ready with the opening of the Elizabeth Line. 

Named after Queen Elizabeth II the opening comes at the perfect time, as the nation begins to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee

Around 300 people queued outside Paddington Station ahead of the service’s opening at 6.30am, and the crowd cheered and rushed forwards when the doors opened at around 6.20am.

The first train departed on time at 6.33am carrying hundreds of excited passengers.

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Although not all ten stations are officially open, with Bond Street still undergoing some work, the new line marks a historic step into the future for the world of travel. 

With the new service being the newest and most modern for the Transport for London network. 

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Elizabeth Line. (PA)Elizabeth Line. (PA)

Seeing more comfortable seats, walk-through carriages, wi-fi, travel information screens, and air-conditioning. 

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The overbudget line was expected to be ready a few years ago, but it saw a number of issues and set the project back including budget cuts, building issues, and the coronavirus pandemic. 

But now it's officially ready to open and even got a surprise visit from the Queen herself earlier this month to mark the completion of the project.

Ahead of its opening, the historic and loved tube map got an exciting update to add the new Elizabeth Line.

The £1bn fleets of 70 nine-carriage trains will run every five minutes in the central section, from 6.30am to 11pm six days a week.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: The Queen visits the new Elizabeth Line. (PA)The Queen visits the new Elizabeth Line. (PA)

The new line will run from Reading in Berkshire and Heathrow Airport in West London all the way to Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in South-East London via the centre of the capital. 

With stops expected to include stations like Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Canary Wharf, Whitechapel, Woolwich, and more. 

The journey from Paddington to Canary Wharf will be cut to 17 minutes, compared with more than 30 minutes by Tube at present.

The central section will close on Sundays for several months - other than on June 5, which is part of the jubilee bank holiday weekend - to allow further testing and upgrades.