Canary Wharf Group has completed construction of the Canary Wharf station and handed over the ticket hall and platform levels to its neighbours in One Canada Square – Crossrail.
Crossrail will now start the process of fitting out the station with all the systems needed to operate passenger services including communications equipment, signalling and tunnel ventilation.
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.
“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.”
Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “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.”
Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group Sir George Iacobescu said: “The Canary Wharf Crossrail 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.”
CWG contributed £150million towards the costs of the new station and delivered the station box for a fixed price of £500million.
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.
Work began on the new station in May 2009 by creating a 250 x 30m watertight dam in the waters of North Dock. The station box was then built top down, 28m 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 100m 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.