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The Gallery | Sneak peak at Crossrail's new Canary Wharf station

Crossrail’s new Canary Wharf station will open in December 2018, but New Civil Engineer has been given a sneak peak at the almost complete ticket and platform area.

The station has been built on reclaimed land in the Docklands area of East London.

Canary Wharf Contractors began work on the station in 2009. The contractor constructed a piled cofferdam, building the two-level platform and ticket hall station box inside. An Alstom, TSO and Costain joint venture (ATC JV) then took over in 2015 to carry out the fit out for the station.

The platform level is 28m below the water line, with four sets of 40m long escalators at each end carrying passengers up to ticket level.

Crossrail senior engineer Camilla Barrow said many new innovations had been used in the construction of the line.

“One of the innovations we used was the concreting train,” she said. ”This is a 465m long train which pours the concrete and then progresses forward as the tracks are installed. Another is that we created two unique drilling rigs which we used to drill the quarter of a million holes in the tunnel lining to cater for the track management systems.”

The ticket barriers and platform screen doors have already been installed.

When open, 12 trains an hour will run in both direction through the station. Each train will have nine carriages and be capable of carrying 1500 passengers.

Dynamic testing of trains across the whole line started last Sunday night, preparing the way for passenger-free trains to start running in the second half of this year.

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