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Students Design for Crossrail Station

Since construction started in May this year on the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf, students at schools along the Crossrail route have been thinking about how the surrounding area might look when the station opens to the public.

As part of Crossrail's ongoing programme of involving young people in the development of the railway, a competition was held asking students to contribute ideas for the design of the new station which is being built in North Dock between Canary Wharf and North Quay.

An interesting range of ideas was submitted by students aged between 5 and 14 and the winning entries were announced on Wednesday 15 July at an award ceremony held at the new Crossrail headquarters in Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

All the prizes were presented by Terry Morgan, Crossrail's new Chairman who said: 'This is the first Young Crossrail event that I have been involved with and I am extremely impressed with the creativity and work demonstrated by all the twelve finalists.'

'I am looking forward to working with and involving many more young people in the project as construction gathers pace.'

Prize winners and highly commended recipients came from schools in Tower Hamlets, Brentwood, Ilford, Lewisham, Romford and Newham.

Alessio Santinelli, aged 10 from Brentwood and Bradley Mead, aged 12 from Romford were chosen as overall winners of the competition.

They were each awarded with six tickets to Chessington World of Adventures and all the runners up received Crossrail goodie bags.

A different competition is featured in every edition of the 'The Link' newsletter which is delivered to 300,000 young people at schools along the route and is part of Crossrail's ongoing education programme.

The programme involves working in partnership with around 700 local schools within one mile either side of the Crossrail route. Students take part in a range of curriculum based activities designed to help them acquire a better understanding of Crossrail and to stimulate interest in a career in construction, engineering and the built environment whilst also being a part of their educational progress.


Media inquiries:

Philippa Siguencia Winnings
Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552, [email protected]

Notes for Editors

Pictures available on request

Crossrail Progress

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway, and Crossrail construction began on 15 May 2009 with work commencing at the new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The main construction programme begins along the route in 2010.

Since Royal Assent there has been progress across a number of areas:

  • Appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner
  • Appointment of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner and Network Rail's delivery partner for their work on the existing rail network
  • Expansion of Crossrail's senior management with Terry Morgan becoming Chairman, 1 June 2009 and Rob Holden the Chief Executive on 1 April 2009
  • Signing of the main funding and governance agreements between DfT, TfL and Crossrail Ltd in December 2008
  • Funding agreement signed with BAA for £230m, City of London for £350m and Canary Wharf Group for £150m, with CWG taking responsibility for design and construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station
  • Property acquisition underway with property acquired at Tottenham Court Road, Canary Wharf and Farringdon
  • Preliminary work programme commenced at Tottenham Court Road with construction starting early 2010
  • Crossrail Board appointed with six Non-Executive Directors
  • Tony Gregory started as the Crossrail Complaints Commissioner in April 2009 and OSG-Miller International appointed as the administrator for Crossrail Small Claims Scheme.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL) and is the lead 'Nominated Undertaker' for the project. CRL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

A tunnelling academy is due to open and Network Rail will start work on upgrading the existing railway for Crossrail services in 2010. Up to 14,000 people are estimated to be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.

Preparatory works will continue throughout 2009 with the main construction programming starting in 2010 and tunnelling in 2011. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.