Here's What The Crossrail Stations Currently Look Like

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Here's What The Crossrail Stations Currently Look Like
Glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels lining the escalator incline at Bond Street

Those people at Crossrail keep teasing us with more and more photos of what the stations will look like when they finally open late next year. This latest batch shows architectural components including escalators, light fittings and ceilings being added to stations on the line.

Escalators and lights installed at Tottenham Court Road station ticket hall

Construction of the stations and tunnels is now more than 85% complete after twin-bore 21km tunnels were drilled under the city.

Curved glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels line the platform tunnels at Farringdon

Julian Robinson, Crossrail Head of Architecture, said: "Crossrail is working with the best architects and engineers in the world to create a railway that builds upon the unrivalled heritage of London and its iconic transport network."

Howard Smith, TfL's Operations Director for the Elizabeth line, said: "It won’t be long before customers get to experience these spacious, state-of-the-art, accessible stations for themselves. They really will transform the journeys for millions of Londoners, sure to surprise and delight those travelling through them."

Grey brickwork and full width beams at Woolwich

Highlights include underground glazing decal based on the street map of Soho at Tottenham Court Road (which, if we're being honest, puts us in mind of Tetris), and columns inspired by the adjacent Grade II listed railway station at Paddington.

Tottenham Court Road station glass panels with Soho street map decal. There's something a bit Tetris about it.

Tottenham Court Road also has acoustic ceiling drums, apparently inspired by the West End.

Light drum installation in Dean Street ticket hall at Tottenham Court Road - a nod to the musical heritage of the West End nearby

The new trains that will run on the line were launched in June 2017, and are now in limited public service on the TfL Rail line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels lining cross passage at Tottenham Court Road

Crossrail services through central London from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood are due to begin in December 2018.

Tottenham Court Road station glass panels with Soho street map decal. You're probably best sticking to Google maps if you actually want to find your way around Soho.

And no, we're still not calling it the Elizabeth line. The Lizard line maybe, but not the Elizabeth line.

Farringdon station
Architectural lily pad light fittings at Paddington
Paddington station

Last Updated 29 May 2018