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In numbers: Canary Wharf Crossrail Station

In numbers: Canary Wharf Crossrail Station

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.


About Canary Wharf station:

  • Station footprint - 256m long (Slightly longer than the height of One Canada Square.)
  • Varies from 25m to 30m wide
  • 314,000ft2 gross floor area
  • Concourse – 185m long, 23m to 28m wide & 4.4m high
  • Platform – 241m long, 14.6m wide & 4.25m/4.7m high
  • Total Escalators : 17
  • Total Lifts : 6
  • Total Escape Staircases: 4 at 2.8m wide from platform to promenade.
  • Oversite Development
  • 290,400 ft2 gross floor area
  • 4 floors of retail and leisure facilities
  • A publicly accessible roof garden
  • 24,500ft2 pavilion structures at roof level.
  • 113,200ft2 Retail Space
  • 18 escalators
  • 11 lifts

Enabling Works:

  • Surrounded by 10m deep dock water
  • A further 18m excavation below dock bed level
  • Almost 1000 piles in total
  • 293 Giken tube piles for the 3-sided cofferdam wall – Japanese ‘silent’ piling system.
  • 120 Anchor piles

Cofferdam Dewatering:

  • 98million litres of dock water removed from inside the cofferdam, removed over a 5 week period
  • Enough dock water to fill 40 Olympic sized swimming pools, fish removed and relocated.

Station Box Construction:

  • 71 Tension piles
  • 30 Plunge Columns
  • Secant pile wall from dock bed to form the South wall.
  • Top down construction within the coffer dam
  • 300,000 tonnes of material excavated
  • Almost 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured.


  • 580 precast platform units
  • Each unit is 4.0m x 2.5m
  • Average unit weight 3.5 tonnes
  • Each unit craned 27metres down to the base slab

Cantilever Roof Arch:

  • Each steel arch weighs 30-35 tonnes
  • Each arch is delivered in 5 sections
  • Each section weighs around 6 tonnes
  • Each section on average is 20m long.


  • December 2008: Development Agreement signed that confirmed arrangements for CWG to design & build the station.
  • May 2009: Formal commencement of construction
  • December 2009: Cofferdam and temporary construction deck complete
  • February-March 2010: 98million litres of water removed from dock
  • July 2010: Piling from dock bed level complete
  • August 2010: Top down construction sequence commences
  • June 2011: Last material removed from the base slab excavation
  • March 2012: Crossrail take over Level -6 of station to prepare for arrival and transit of tunnel boring machines
  • May 2012: M&E installation starts
  • June 2012: construction of the Over Site Development (OSD) starts
  • November 2012: First delivery of the 40 metre-long escalators linking the Promenade (Level -1) to the Ticket Hall (Level -4)
  • December 2012: Completion of main concrete structural works including the OSD
  • May-June 2013: Arrival of Crossrail’s Tunnel Boring Machines (Elizabeth & Victoria)
  • September 2013: Erection of timber roof structure commences.
  • October 2013: Placing of pre-cast platform elements commences.
  • December 2013: Delivery of first escalators between Platform and Ticket Hall.
  • May 2015: Upper 3 floors of retail opening, including roof garden and restaurants.
  • September 2015: Practical Completion of the station
  • Autumn 2015: Crossrail commence fit-out of the railway systems inside the station
  • Late 2018: TfL-run Crossrail services start through central London.