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Open House London 2016

Open House London 2016

Crossrail will be opening its doors to the public as part of Open House Weekend. Londoners will have the opportunity to see behind the hoardings of Europe’s largest infrastructure project at seven of its worksites.

Since last year’s Open House the Crossrail project has progressed from tunnelling to fitting out the railway including installation of the permanent architectural finishing. The new railway will open as the Elizabeth line in 2018.

This year seven Crossrail building sites will be participating on 17th & 18th September 2016.  Click on the links below for information about each site.

Bond Street station construction and design talks

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 will receive a project update from Crossrail site staff, learn about the design principles of the entire route including at Bond Street and hear about the challenges to come.

Please note: the talks taking place on Saturday 17 September do not include a visit to the worksite.

Book tickets: https://crossrailbondstoh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event when booking.

Download Open House 2016 Bond Street Map

Bond Street station construction site tour

Visitors on Sunday 18 September 2016 will receive a project update from Crossrail site staff, change into Personal Protective Equipment and descend into the Western Ticket Hall worksite. Visitors will follow in the footsteps of HM The Queen who visited the Western Ticket Hall worksite earlier this year, and view the current works 28m beneath the streets of Mayfair.

Book tickets: https://crossrailbondstsunoh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event.

Download Open House 2016 Bond Street Map

Tottenham Court Road

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 will receive a project update from Crossrail site staff, and descend into the Goslett Yard Box worksite. Visitors will walk along the only curved platform in Crossrail’s central section stations to the Dean Street escalator incline, 24m beneath the streets of Soho, before returning via the eastbound platform.

Book tickets: https://crossrailtcroh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event when booking.

Download Open House 2016 Tottenham Court Road Map

Farringdon

When the Elizabeth line Farringdon station opens in 2018 it will be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s five airports.

The goldsmiths, watchmakers, ironmongers and blacksmiths of Farringdon, Clerkenwell and Smithfields and the Brutalist architecture of the nearby Barbican Centre provide the context for the design of the new Farringdon station.

Two new ticket halls are connected by underground mined platforms. The eastern end is bound by Charterhouse Street, Lindsey Street and Long Lane. This major transport interchange site has had to fit within a complex infrastructure network up to 25 metres below ground. The engineering and design challenges here have driven tailored design solutions such as lifts that move on a slope rather than the standard vertical movement.

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 and Sunday 18 September 2016 will have an opportunity to view our worksite from a safe viewing area with expert staff in attendance to answer any questions. The viewing platform is at ground level, and will look into the worksite.

This is an exclusive opportunity to see behind the hoardings at a Crossrail worksite. Visits such as this are in high demand, and there will be a queue system for access into site. The queue system and event area will not be undercover.

Event location:

Crossrail Eastern Ticket Hall worksite, Access on corner of Lindsey Street and Long Lane, London, EC1A 9HL

Download Open House 2016 Farringdon Map

Opening Hours:

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September, 10:00 – 16:00. Last entry (both days) 15:30.

Key Information about this event:

  • Any visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • There are no structured talks as part of the visit but staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
  • Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with restricted mobility or those who suffer from vertigo.
  • Your safety whilst on site is our primary concern. Visitors are required to wear suitable, sturdy footwear such as boots or sturdy flat shoes. Any guests wearing unsuitable footwear such as flip flops, sandals or high heels will be refused entry.
  • All Crossrail worksites and offices are non-smoking, with zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol.
  • There is no parking available on site or in the immediate vicinity. Visitors are encouraged to travel via public transport.
  • No large items such as rucksacks, bags luggage, large bags, prams or pushchairs are permitted on site during this visit. Any person with such items will be refused entry; there are no storage facilities available.
  • No dogs or other animals are permitted on site.
  • No food is permitted on site.
  • There are no toilet facilities onsite.  
  • In exchange for their time, Open House volunteers receive a badge that allows them to "jump the queue" at sites which do not require a ticket for entry, please be aware this may happen at this site.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry.

Liverpool Street

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 will receive a project update from Crossrail site staff, and descend into the Broadgate worksite. Visitors will see the new pre-cast geometric folded ceiling with staff on hand to answer any questions.

Book tickets: https://crossrailliverpoolstoh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event when booking.

Download Open House 2016 Liverpool Street Map

Whitechapel

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 will receive a project update from site staff at the Whitechapel Sports Centre, followed by a walk to view of the newly installed concourse, situated over the operational Hammersmith and City, District and London Overground services. Experienced staff will be on hand to explain the challenges faced during construction and answer any questions.

Book tickets: https://crossrailwhitechapeloh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event when booking.

Download Open House 2016 Whitechapel Map

Canary Wharf

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 will receive a project update from Crossrail staff, change into Personal Protective Equipment and descend into the Ticket Hall and Platform Levels of the future Elizabeth line Canary Wharf station.

Link to enter ballot: https://crossrailcanarywharfoh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event when booking.

Download Open House 2016 Canary Wharf Map

Custom House

Visitors on Saturday 17 September 2016 will receive a project update from Crossrail site staff, and a tour of the ticket hall and platform areas.

Book tickets: https://crossrailcustomhouseoh16.eventbrite.co.uk

Please read the Key Information about this event when booking.

Download Open House 2016 Custom House Map

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