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Fit for a Queen, Elizabeth line fit out progresses

News   •   Jul 27, 2017 08:16 BST

Crossrail has released new images to highlight the progress on the Elizabeth line stations.

The new images show the ongoing architectural fit out of the stations as it progresses into central London.

A range of common features have been used throughout stations, creating a recognisable look and feel to railway, such as the platform-level glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels, which create large and bright spaces with curved, sweeping corners.

Lying beside these details, bespoke elements have been commissioned in each station to reflect the local community. At Paddington, bespoke brick panels, architectural light fittings and columns are inspired by the adjacent Grade II listed national railway station.

While at Tottenham Court Road there are theatre-like acoustic ceiling drums, inspired by the West End, and underground glazing decal based on the street map of Soho. The deep-coffered ceiling of Farringdon’s eastern ticket hall inspired by the neighbouring Barbican and the bespoke brickwork and full-width beams at Woolwich create a large, welcoming space.

Passing through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the Elizabeth line is due to open in December 2018.

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. As the project passes 85% complete, these new images highlight the progress being made to install the architectural elements that will soon become familiar to the hundreds of thousands of passengers who will use the Elizabeth line every day when it opens in December 2018.”

London Transport Museum is currently running an exhibition of the design and architecture of the new railway, featuring images, films and models of the stations, a bespoke wall panel from Tottenham Court Road, and a prototype station clock.

Image: Tottenham Court Road station glass panels with Soho street map decal