TfL has taken formal control of the Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf, leaving just one last station to hand over for the line to be complete.

Now that’s been handed over, Staff from MTR Elizabeth line, who will operate Canary Wharf, will continue familiarisation with the station, its procedures, facilities and systems. They will also undertake Trial Operations exercises to replicate scenarios that may occur when the station is open to customers.

Trial Operations is the final phase of the programme before the Elizabeth line opens for passenger services between Paddington and Abbey Wood in the first half of this year.

Nine out of the 10 central stations have now been transferred from Crossrail to TfL, leaving just the late-running Bond Street to hand over.

The £500 million station at Canary Wharf was built by Canary Wharf Group’s own contracting team, with £350 million of the cost coming from the Crossrail project, and £150 million plus any cost overruns being funded by Canary Wharf Group.

Canary Wharf station was one of the earliest to have been completed, but it then needed a lot of remedial work that emerged later, and it’s disputed as to who is responsible for the changes, reportedly costing £80 million. The changes appear to stem from a mix of Crossrail’s initial specifications not matching TfL specifications and upgrades due to changes in fire-safety regulations. The works were expected to be completed last November, but the formal handover was delayed and took place last week.

Mark Wild, Crossrail Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that Canary Wharf Elizabeth line station has been transferred to Transport for London and thank all those that have worked so hard to achieve this. This beautiful and iconic station will help connect this key business district to the City of London, the West End and Heathrow. These more seamless journeys will improve access to employment and create further job opportunities.

Canary Wharf Elizabeth line station sits below a five-storey mixed-use development known as Crossrail Place, including a public roof garden. The station is long enough that Canary Wharf’s original skyscraper, One Canada Square could lay down inside it.

Station schematic (c) Crossrail

During construction, a piece of woolly mammoth jawbone was found, as well as a fragment of amber which is estimated to be 55 million years old. Both were passed on to the Natural History Museum.

The station ticket hall is accessed via escalators and lifts with entrances at either end of the building on the promenade level. When it opens, people switching to the Jubilee line, the eastern end of the new station has a tunnel link that goes past Waitrose linking the two lines via the shopping centre.

Some photos from the construction phase

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