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Minister welcomes progress at key Crossrail station - DfT Release

Transport Minister Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP visited the construction site at the Crossrail Canary Wharf Station today to see the progress being made on Western Europe's largest infrastructure project.

Canary Wharf is the first Crossrail station under construction and the start of work was marked on 15 May this year by a joint visit from the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State and the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan said:

"This project will boost the UK economy by at least £20bn and create and support thousands of jobs, relieve congestion and provide a high speed rail link across London. It's good news to see that this project is well and truly underway."

"Work is on schedule, with the station foundations being laid through a specialist 'Giken' piling method designed to minimise noise pollution to surrounding buildings."

Boasting independent step-free disabled access from street to platform, Canary Wharf Station will be constructed below the water within the West India Docks complex.

Earlier in the day the Minister had visited the newly opened Crossrail Visitor Centre near Tottenham Court Road.

The Visitor Centre opened earlier this month to act as a one-stop shop for local residents, businesses and anyone interested in learning more about the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road Tube station and the Crossrail project in general.

As construction progresses further centres will open along the route, helping to ensure that people are kept informed.

Notes to editors

1. The Crossrail Visitor Centre is located at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN (opposite the junction with Denmark Street).

2. The Centre will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midday until 8pm. These timings will enable Crossrail to engage with the residents as well as the businesses in the area.

3. Crossrail will create around 14,000 jobs at the height of construction and up to 30,000 jobs supporting the project by 2026. It will increase London's public transport network by 10%, put 1.5m people within an hour of London's business centres and add at least £20bn to the UK economy.

4. Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west through 21.5km of new twin bore tunnels through central London and on to Canary Wharf, Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

5. The new railway will be designed to initially accommodate 10-carriage trains with provision for longer trains in the future. Crossrail will provide new transport links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground. It is anticipated that over 200 million passengers will use Crossrail in the first year of operation.

6. To enable construction of the station box, 296 steel piles measuring 18.5 metres high and 1.2 metres wide will be sunk into the dock floor using 10 storey high piling cranes and Giken Piling machines.

7. This is the first time this type of machinery has been used in the UK, although it is extensively used in Japan. The Giken piling is expected to be completed by October this year. Water will then be pumped out of the piled structure to enable a concrete wall to be built as part of the next stage of construction.

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