Crossrail’s side of Tottenham Court Road station has now reached a state of completion that it can start being handed over to TfL to manage.

The Elizabeth line’s only curved tunnel platform (c) Crossrail

The station has reached the T-12 landmark, this means the station is now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to TfL, who will operate the Elizabeth line.

Work at the station will now primarily focus on the extensive testing and commissioning of systems ahead of the Elizabeth line opening – currently scheduled for the first half of next year.

Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth line station has been built by Laing O’Rourke and its main entrance is on Dean Street with the Elizabeth line station integrated with the expanded London Underground station. Construction has since started on commercial developments above and around the new station entrances.

When the Elizabeth line opens, Tottenham Court Road will be one of London’s busiest stations, offering an interchange between the Northern, Central and Elizabeth line services.

Connecting tunnel (c) Crossrail

East London’s Custom House was the first of the new Elizabeth line stations to be handed over to TfL last year and Farringdon station also reached its own T-12 landmark just before Christmas and is expected to be handed over to TfL next month.


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  1. This is good news!

    Does that mean they have fixed the signs in the ticket area that say “Crossrail”?

    • Melvyn says:

      I seem to remember a similar sign on a platform below and will Canary Wharf rename Crossrail Place to Elizabeth Place or will become one of those strange pieces of history that London does so well !

      One benefit of the delay is that the line will open with fully complete Stations instead of Stations that are still building sites …

      TCR also has passive provision for Crossrail 2 but whether that ever gets used or becomes like the work for the Fleet Line at Cannon Street Station and just remains unused only time will tell ..

  2. Aaron Read says:

    Hi there,
    How many more stations are needing to declare “T-12” status now just out of curiousity? Also are we at the halfway point or just over it in the scheme of things.


  3. Concerned citizen says:

    Have they fixed the water damaged glass wall next to the lower platform escalator landing (leading up from the northern line to the main station lobby)? I’ve complained to station staff who always threw their hands in the air instead of getting it chased up.

    Secondly, the escalators steps are all soiled and need regular cleaning with the groove cleaning machine. I find it negligent that tfl spends billions on redevelopment but saves on tiny amounts for maintenance.

  4. Andrew Gwilt says:

    But most Londoners are still wanting to know when or if the Elizabeth Line can be fully operational when the Central section is finally completed. And to allow the Class 345 Aventra trains to operate underneath Central London.

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