Work continues on Elizabeth line stations
With just under two years to go until the Elizabeth line opens through central London, Crossrail has unveiled new images which offer a bird’s eye view of the Elizabeth line stations. Meanwhile, the delivery of the new railway remains on time and on budget.
At many of the ten new stations across the capital, the architectural finishes are beginning to be installed. In the tunnels, over three quarters of the permanent track has been laid and the installation of other railway systems is underway.
Simon Wright, Crossrail Programme Director, said: “These images highlight the extent of Crossrail’s progress. The new Elizabeth line stations are now taking shape with their ticket halls that will serve hundreds of thousands of passengers every single day. Below ground, as the fit-out of the stations continues, it’s now possible to get a real sense of how they will look and feel when they open at the end of the 2018.”
Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “It is great to be able to show the immense progress being made on the Elizabeth line stations. Thousands of men and women have been working all over London to build this fantastic new line. It’s a testament to Crossrail Limited who have worked hard to construct the track, stations and ticket halls that our customers will be travelling through from December next year.”
Bond Street western ticket hall
The new Elizabeth line station at Bond Street, along with TfL’s upgrade work at the existing Tube station, will dramatically increase transport capacity in the heart of London’s busiest shopping district, transforming access to the West End. The western ticket hall has been constructed to a depth of 28 metres and will provide a direct interchange with the Central and Jubilee lines.
Canary Wharf station
The oversite development is topped off with a 310 metre long timber lattice roof with translucent air filled pillows. The roof garden and first phase of the retail and leisure space opened in 2015 and the construction of the station, nearly 30 metres below the surface of the dock water, is now complete.
Farringdon western ticket hall
The striking diamond lattice roof at Farringdon western ticket hall will connect the Elizabeth line station with the existing Thameslink ticket hall providing passengers with a quick and easy interchange. The diamond design pays tribute to the nearby jewellery district of Hatton Garden.
Farringdon eastern ticket hall
Located next to the historic Smithfield meat market, the eastern ticket hall at Farringdon provides an interchange with Barbican London Underground station. The design of this ticket hall references the distinctive architecture of the Barbican.
The Elizabeth line station runs along the full length of the existing Paddington Main Line station. A 90 metre clear opening – a unique feature for an urban underground station design – will be covered by a dramatic steel and glass canopy eight metres above the ground that will allow natural light to flood down to the station platforms.
Tottenham Court Road western ticket hall
An integrated ticket hall is being constructed as part of the Crossrail project and TfL’s £500m upgrade of the existing London Underground station. The ticket hall will provide access to the Central, Northern and Elizabeth lines and work to overhaul the station also includes a new public plaza designed around two new glass entrances directly beneath Centre Point.
The fit-out of the new station at Woolwich is underway. More than a thousand new homes are being constructed above the new station in 11 separate blocks. The first of the flats were completed in summer 2015.
Old Oak Common depot
This will be the main depot for the Elizabeth line. A fleet of 66 new 200 metre-long trains will feature nine fully interconnected walk-through carriages, air conditioning, CCTV and real-time travel information. Each train will be able to carry up to 1,500 people.
Once complete, the Elizabeth line route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.