Crossrail has confirmed that Farringdon Elizabeth line station has reached an important milestone with the completion of construction activity. Farringdon is the first of the central London stations to reach the T-12 landmark. This means the station is substantially complete and it is now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to Transport for London, who will operate the Elizabeth line.
Work at the station will now focus on the extensive testing and commissioning of systems ahead of the Elizabeth line opening. Reaching this important milestone allows the contractor to start demobilising from the site and enables Crossrail to commence the process of handing the station over to TfL. Custom House was the first of the new Elizabeth line stations to be handed over to TfL earlier this year.
Farringdon Elizabeth line station has been built by the Bam, Ferrovial and Kier Joint Venture and will have step-free access for passengers from street to train. The station will have two main entrances, both with ticket halls, one at the Barbican and the other at the existing Farringdon Underground and Thameslink station.
A reduced BFK JV team will remain at Farringdon until next year to continue to meet their duties as the principal contractor, which include providing care and custody maintenance of the station assets and systems and support the final handover process to TfL.
Paddington is expected to be the next station where construction activity will complete and will then be followed by a number of the central London station sites over the coming months.
When the Elizabeth line opens, Farringdon station will be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s six airports.