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Video | 240m long Crossrail platforms installed

Platform construction at Liverpool Street Station completes

Two 240m long platforms have been constructed at Liverpool Street Station as part of the new Elizabeth Line, Crossrail programme.

Crossrail said that the completion of the platforms 30m underground was a major milestone in the construction of the new Elizabeth line.

The pre-cast concrete platform sections have been fabricated in more than 500 pieces at a factory over 210km away near Sheffield. Crossrail said that they were then transported to London, lowered down the station’s main shaft and pieced together below ground.

It said that the new platforms had taken around four months to install and were around twice the length of many existing London Underground platforms to accommodate the new 200m long Elizabeth line trains.

Liverpool Street Platform

Liverpool Street Platform

A precast concrete platform section is lowered down the main shaft

Crossrail project manager at Liverpool Street station Rohan Perin said: “Assembling the two platforms piece by piece over the last few months has been a bit like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. Prefabricating and then assembling the sections together on site has meant that we can get on with the job quickly and safely.”

The Crossrail project is approaching 75% completion. The public body said that the project was now focused on the complex job of fitting out the stations and tunnels with the equipment and systems needed to operate the railway.

Nearly 4km of platforms have been constructed at stations in central London. The platforms are now complete at all stations from Paddington to Woolwich, apart from Whitechapel where construction is ongoing.

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