Canary Wharf Crossrail hits milestone 5 months early
Work has progressed at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station, with the first platform level being completed five months early.

Once finished, the transport hub will slash the time it takes to travel from London offices here to other business centres in the capital. The journey to Liverpool Street will take around six minutes, while Farringdon will be reached in less than ten minutes.

Employees who need to fly abroad to liaise with clients or other offices could be at Heathrow Airport in approximately 40 minutes. There will be 12 trains an hour at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station during peak hours, with the service scheduled to start in 2018.

By completing the first station platform level ahead of the expected time, the station is ready to accept tunnel boring machines next year. Work first started at the Canary Wharf exchange three years ago at the North Dock, with 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured and around 300,000 tonnes of material excavated.

Commenting on the work, Canary Wharf Contractors' executive director Cliff Bryant said: "We are very proud to have played our part in a project which will benefit London for many generations to come. Credit must be given to our workforce and supply chain, many of them local east Londoners, who have responded to a very challenging brief and delivered it to Crossrail ahead of time and within budget."

When completed, the total Crossrail network will pass through 37 stations from Heathrow and Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

It will bring an extra 1.5 million individuals within a 45-minute commuting distance of London offices in the major business districts, with an expected 200 million people travelling on the network every year.

The central route includes Bond Street, Paddington, Canary Wharf, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Farringdon. All of these destinations will have a new Crossrail station.

Posted by Sarah Dudley

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