Canary Wharf Group plc has completed construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station and handed over the ticket hall and platform levels to Crossrail Limited.
Crossrail will now start the complicated process of fitting out the station with all the systems needed to operate passenger services including communications equipment, signalling, tunnel ventilation, platform screen doors and overhead line equipment.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This spectacular new station is being delivered ahead of schedule and is a pivotal moment in our Crossrail journey, as we can now prepare for the next major stage of work ahead of the launch of services in 2018. This vital new railway is already proving a huge success for the UK economy and when complete it will boost London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, providing an enormous benefit to passengers travelling across the capital and beyond.”
Rail Minister, Claire Perry, said: “The completion of construction at Canary Wharf station is a significant moment for Crossrail, as we move to the next phase of work on this transformational project. The station is an impressive, world-class building that will serve millions of customers in this important business district, as well as bringing better and faster journeys across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth.”
When TfL-run Crossrail opens in 2018, journey times to many destinations across London will be reduced. From Canary Wharf, it will take just 6 minutes to travel to Liverpool Street, 8 minutes to Farringdon and 39 minutes to Heathrow.
Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, said: “The Canary Wharf Crossrail station is a key element in the Canary Wharf Group’s vision to almost double the working population at Canary Wharf over the next 10 years, while contributing to a robust public transport network. The station, which we’ve handed over four months ahead of programme, combines a vibrant mixed use public space for people to shop, eat and relax and it will serve hundreds of thousands of workers and visitors in the years to come.”
Simon Wright, Crossrail Programme Director, said: “This is an exciting milestone for the Crossrail project as construction of the first Crossrail station completes and is handed over for railway systems fit-out. Crossrail will dramatically increase the capacity and resilience of transport services to and from Canary Wharf and the surrounding area, helping underpin further development and investment in this key business district.”
Construction of Canary Wharf station box was undertaken by Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc. The Group contributed £150 million towards the costs of the new Crossrail station and delivered the station box for a fixed price of £500 million.
Situated in the North Dock of West India Quay, Canary Wharf is one of the largest Crossrail stations. The station, retail and park areas are six storeys high and at 256 metres long the development is slightly longer than the height of One Canada Square. The station development will provide a new link between Canary Wharf and Poplar, currently separated by the North Dock, and includes links to the Canary Wharf Estate, via Adams Place and the Jubilee line and DLR stations.
Canary Wharf is the most progressed of Crossrail’s 10 new stations. Eight 30 metre long escalators, nine 11 metre long escalators, six lifts, flooring, wall cladding and space for station services are all in place in the ticket hall level.
Canary Wharf Group has also delivered Crossrail Place, a four-storey retail development above the ticket hall and platform levels, which was opened on 1 May and includes more than 100,000 square feet of retail space. The whole development is topped by a roof garden which incorporates a community performance space and restaurant which is semi-covered by a striking Foster + Partners designed timber lattice roof.
Work began on the new station in May 2009 by creating a 250 x 30 metre watertight dam in the waters of North Dock using an innovative ‘silent’ piling method. The station box was then built ‘top down,’ 28 metres below the water surface to create the ticket hall and platform levels.
Over six and a half years the construction team has driven almost 1,000 piles and pumped nearly 100 million litres of dock water. Approximately 300,000 tonnes of material was excavated from beneath the dock bed and almost 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured.
Crossrail will increase London’s rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and cut journey times across the city, bringing an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London.
Crossrail marks the arrival of 465m long concreting train
Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, has welcomed a 465m long concreting train which will help fit-out the Crossrail tunnels with concrete to enable tracks to be laid.
The train’s arrival at the Plumstead railhead in southeast London heralds the next major stage for the project following the end of tunnelling.
The bright yellow train – which was refurbished and brought to the UK from France via the Channel Tunnel, is as long as four football pitches when fully assembled and is a self-contained concrete batching factory on wheels.
Simon Wright, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Crossrail is being delivered on time and within budget. Following the completion of Crossrail’s 26-mile tunnelling marathon, our focus has shifted to the fit-out of the tunnels and stations. The arrival of the concreting train at Plumstead – the logistical nerve centre for this phase of Crossrail’s delivery – will bring us another step towards the completion of this major new railway for London and the South East.”
The train will be used in the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab along the Crossrail route from Plumstead and will enter service next month.