Even if you aren’t commuting in, London’s tubes are famously crowded and often late. So, seeing a smile might be rare.
However, the Elizabeth Line is trying to rebrand moving across London.
The newest line on Transport for London (TfL)’s network, it’s celebrating one year of operations with a new initiative which sees famous faces (or… voices?) share some amusing and interesting details about destinations on the routes.
How can you hear these stories and which celebrities are involved?
How to listen to the Elizabeth Line tour guides
TfL have commissioned a series of ten audio guides to showcase the stations on the Elizabeth Line’s route.
The audio guides can be accessed online, or by connecting to the station Wi-Fi and scanning a QR code on a poster at each station between Paddington and Abbey Wood via Canary Wharf.
Each one is narrated by someone with a connection to the route, either through the work they do or links with the local communities.
Each audio tour lasts a total of three minutes and highlights hidden facts and features about each station, exploring themes on art, architecture and beyond.
Who are the celebrities involved and what are the audio guides available?
The different audio guides and where to find the QR code for each are as follows:
- Paddington with author Karen Jankel, the daughter of Paddington Bear creator, Michael Bond – QR code next to ticket machines
- Bond Street with Anu Kathuria, manager of Pali Kitchen – QR code at Hanover Square entrance
- Tottenham Court Road with Sophie Rowland, Theatre Manager for the Dominion Theatre – QR code at Exit 1 (opposite Primark)
- Farringdon with Paul Martinelli, owner of P J Martinelli Ltd in Smithfield market – QR code at Thameslink/Elizabeth line entrance
- Liverpool Street with Melanie White, Director of Brick Lane’s Beigel Shop – QR code at Moorgate ticket hall
- Whitechapel with Neil Dalton, Customer Service Supervisor for Whitechapel station – QR code at main entrance. Also available in Bengali
- Canary Wharf with Julie Dang, Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager for Canary Wharf Group – QR code at Crossrail Place lift
- Custom House with MOBO-winning rapper Guvna B – QR code next to station toilet on right hand side of main entrance
- Woolwich with EastEnders’ Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) – QR code on right hand side brick wall when entering station
- Abbey Wood with Lindsey Weaver, Partnerships and Activity Manager for Lesnes Abbey Woods – QR code next to WHSmith.
What are the audio guides celebrating?
The ten audio tours are released to celebrate one year of the Elizabeth Line – often referred to by Londoners as the Lizzy Line.
It was officially opened on May 24, 2022.
The late Queen Elizabeth was on hand to celebrate the eponymous new line, opening one of the new lines at Paddington Station a week before.
The Lizzy Line can be considered a success, despite many delays in opening.
Over two million journeys were made in its first week, half of Londoners had already travelled on it by early 2023 and by the last quarter of 2022, one-sixth of the UK’s total rail journeys were taken on the line.
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