Londoners will have the opportunity to see behind Crossrail’s construction site walls as Europe’s largest infrastructure project opens six of its worksites to the public.
Crossrail’s Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf station sites along with the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy at Ilford are inviting the public for tours during Open House on 21 and 22 September.
Crossrail is also opening its doors to its Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Pudding Mill Lane construction sites for Open Doors on the last weekend of September, however only a limited number of spaces remain for Pudding Mill Lane, with the stations now fully booked.
Open House invites the public into more than 800 architecturally impressive buildings while Open Doors is an opportunity to see behind the hoardings of major construction projects with young people, in particular encouraged to take part. More than 600 Londoners will have the opportunity to visit Crossrail’s worksites over the two weekends and find to out about the architecture and engineering involved in building the most significant addition to London’s transport network in a generation.
Canary Wharf Crossrail Station
Construction and property company Canary Wharf Group is hosting public tours of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station construction site. Built in a former dock, visitors will go 28 metres below what was once the surface of the dock water, to the new ticket hall and platforms, where more than 32,000 people will pass through during the morning peak when Crossrail services start in 2018. The tour will also look at the 115,000 sq ft retail development and roof garden under construction above the station.
Liverpool Street Station
At Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station worksite, visitors will be able to go behind the hoardings that surround the site and learn about plans for the new station being built underground between Moorgate, Finsbury Circus and Liverpool Street station.
Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (Ilford)
Visitors to the striking contemporary building of the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy at Ilford will gain an insight into working in an underground environment by visiting a tunnel mock up, mini locomotive trains on rail lines, machinery and tunnel rings for training in spraying concrete onto tunnel walls, and a concrete testing laboratory.
Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “This is an opportunity to see behind the hoardings and the huge amount of work that is being done to build the most significant addition to London’s transport in a generation. Visitors will gain an insight into the finished design and architecture that will be added to London when Crossrail is completed in 2018.”
Bookings are required in advance of Open Doors. Paddington and Tottenham Court Road stations have booked out, with limited availability remaining for the Pudding Mill Lane worksite. www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk
No bookings are required for Open House tours, with places allocated on first come basis and ID will be requested. www.londonopenhouse.org
For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]
Open House, 21 and 22 September
Crossrail’s Canary Wharf construction site, 21 September, 10am to 3.30pm for half hourly tours.
Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station, 22 September, 10am to 4pm for tours on the hour. Download Moorgage location map - finding your way to the meeting point
The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy, 21 and 22 September, 10am to 4pm for hourly tours.
Open Doors, 27 and 28 September
Crossrail’s Pudding Mill Lane Construction Site, Morgan Sindall Group - bookings required.
Crossrail’s Paddington construction site, Costain Skanska Joint Venture - fully booked.
Tottenham Court Road construction site, Taylor Woodrow – fully booked.
The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and run over 100km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.