The UK’s Canary Wharf Group has completed construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station in London, and handed over the ticket hall and platform levels to Crossrail Limited (CRL).
This is the first of ten new Crossrail stations to be completed as part of the £14.8bn rail project.
With the construction now complete, CRL will start equipping the station with all the systems needed to operate passenger services, including communications equipment, signalling, tunnel ventilation, platform screen doors and overhead line equipment.
When the Transport for London (TfL) operated Crossrail opens in 2018, journey times to many destinations across London will be reduced.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: "This spectacular new station is being delivered ahead of schedule and is a pivotal moment in our Crossrail journey, as we can now prepare for the next major stage of work ahead of the launch of services in 2018.
"This vital new railway is already proving a huge success for the UK economy and when complete it will boost London’s rail capacity by 10%, providing an enormous benefit to passengers travelling across the capital and beyond."
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When services start, journey times from Canary Wharf will take just 6min to Liverpool Street, eight minutes to Farringdon and 39min to Heathrow.
UK Rail Minister Claire Perry said: "The completion of construction at Canary Wharf station is a significant moment for Crossrail, as we move to the next phase of work on this transformational project.
"The station is an impressive, world-class building that will serve millions of customers in this important business district, as well as bringing better and faster journeys across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth."
Canary Wharf Group has contributed £150m towards the costs of the new Crossrail station and delivered the station box for a fixed price of £500m.
The station will provide a new link between Canary Wharf and Poplar, currently separated by the North Dock, and includes links to the Canary Wharf Estate, via Adams Place and the Jubilee line and DLR stations.
The new Canary Wharf stations includes eight 30m-long escalators, nine 11m-long escalators, six lifts, flooring, wall cladding and space for station services are all in place in the ticket hall level.
Image: Canary Wharf Crossrail station ticket hall level. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail Ltd.