Early this summer, the final central station platform was completed at Whitechapel station. At all of the central station sites teams are now installing architectural finishes and railway systems to turn these spaces into the fully functional platforms passengers will use from December 2018.
Many of the stations are now emerging above the hoardings, visible as you walk by Crossrail construction sites. You can see the first section of the 120 metre-long canopy roof at Paddington, the black stone walls of Tottenham Court Road station’s western ticket hall, the striking ceilings of Farringdon station, the curved timber station building at Abbey Wood; just some of the bespoke station architecture now visible from the street.
At Mile End, Stepney Green, Cambridge Heath and other nearby sites, the station head houses, which serve as emergency and maintenance access points, have also taken shape and their bespoke designs on show.
The first of the new trains has entered passenger service on the TfL Rail route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, giving a first glimpse of the new railway to come. As each train rolls off the production line in Derby, they undergo extensive testing before progressively being introduced onto the network.
Through the Crossrail Art Foundation the project continues to work with the City of London Corporation, leading galleries and sponsors to deliver an exciting series of public art at seven of the central stations. Joining a list of world-renowned artists selected to date is British artist, Simon Periton, who will be delivering two art installations at Farringdon.
An enormous amount of activity is taking place together with a diverse supply chain. From architects and engineers designing and building the infrastructure, to the small and medium sized businesses delivering specialised components the railway, the project is drawing on expert skills within the UK and beyond to deliver a world-class railway.
Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO Crossrail Ltd