Construction work at the new Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth line station is ‘sufficiently finished for final commissioning activities to start’, Crossrail Ltd has said.
The station has reached the T-12 landmark, which means the station is now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to Transport for London.
Passengers will not be using the new station for a while yet
However, the much-delaying line will itself not open until the first half of next year. Crossrail Ltd said it is ‘still on track’ to meet this latest target.
It added that work at the station will now primarily focus on the extensive testing and commissioning of systems.
Chief executive Mark Wild said: ‘Everyone who has worked on this magnificent new station can be incredibly proud of the contribution they have made to the lives of Londoners and the look of the city. I hope our new station will continue to delight everyone using it for generations to come.’
The new station has been built by Laing O’Rourke. Declan Mcgeeney, the firm’s director of UK infrastructure, said: ‘The station has created some interesting engineering challenges to solve, including constructing the line’s only curved platform for the routeway to avoid the foundations of Centre Point.
We’ve worked in close partnership with Crossrail and London Underground to create a state-of-the-art station and are proud to be part of the team delivering a world-class piece of infrastructure that will improve the journeys of millions of people for many years to come.’
Crossrail said that during its redevelopment the existing Tottenham Court Road station has undergone a major transformation, which has radically improved both the experience for travelling passengers and the environment above ground.
It said facilities for passengers have been vastly improved and include a new public plaza and station entrances outside Centre Point. Custom House was the first new Elizabeth line stations to be handed over to TfL last year and Farringdon station also reached its own T-12 landmark just before Christmas and is due to be handed over to TfL next month.
Crossrail said the overall project will move into its next major stage later this year, with the start of Trial Running and intensive testing.