Installation

Elizabeth Line

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Regal purple

The new line, operated by Transport for London, is being opened in phases and will be fully operational by December 2019. It will feature 70 new 200 yard long trains, built in the UK by Bombardier in Derby, each able to carry up to 1,500 people in modern, air-conditioned interconnected walk-through carriages, with CCTV, real-time travel information, Wi-Fi and 4G. In keeping with the royal name of the line, regal purple is the dominant color on the Elizabeth Line branding which is carried right through to the new fabric design which came from British design studio Wallace Sewell. The fabric is woven by Camira on wire looms to create a moquette with both cut and loop textured pile.

Flashes of color

"The fabric is a progression of the original design on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line, inspired by travelling the route and abstracting the surroundings into rectangles and linear motifs. The Elizabeth Line then adds more pinstripe details, as a nod to the suits in the City of London and creating a sense of speed as the line travels from east to west. The color palette started with the specific shade of purple that is the line color, then adding in tones of purple, mixed with warmer and lighter shades to keep the fabric bright in overall effect, complementing the dark interior. The palette also incorporates flashes of other line colors that the route interacts with as accents."