Crossrail, which is building London’s new Elizabeth line railway under the heart of the city, has officially handed over Farringdon station to Transport for London (TfL) today. It is the first of the central London stations to be transferred over to TfL, which will operate the Elizabeth line.
Extensive testing and commissioning of the station’s systems have been finalised in advance of Trial Operations beginning later this year – the final phase of testing involving trials to ensure the safety and reliability of the railway for public use that will include real-time testing of evacuations of trains and stations.
Station contractor BFK JV (Bam Ferrovial and Kier Joint Venture) will demobilise from the site.
This is the second of the new Elizabeth line stations to be handed over to TfL and the first to London Underground as infrastructure manager. Custom House was the first Elizabeth line station to be handed over to TfL last year.
In addition, Tottenham Court Road and Paddington stations have reach the T-12 landmark last month, which means the stations are now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready to hand over, so they will be the next stations to transfer to TfL.
Mark Wild, Crossrail chief executive, commented: “I am delighted that Farringdon station has been handed over to London Underground, this is a huge milestone for Crossrail.
“I am proud of everyone who has worked so hard to get this magnificent new railway station over the line and we look forward to more stations reaching this stage in the coming months.”
Kim Kapur, London Underground’s head of station integration, added: “This is a great achievement by the both the Crossrail and London Underground teams.
“Farringdon is the first London Underground Elizabeth line interface station to transfer, and my team will now be able to begin key readiness activities ahead of Trial Operations and ultimately opening this amazing station for passenger use.”
Jose Antonio Pariente, project director for BAM Ferrovial Kier, stated: “Farringdon has led the way by becoming the first central London Elizabeth line station to hand over from Crossrail to TfL.
“The commitment from every single member of the BFK team as we have worked collaboratively with our client Crossrail throughout has been nothing short of commendable.”
The railway is still on track to open in the first half of 2022.
Readers can find a 360-degree virtual tour of Farringdon Elizabeth line station on the Crossrail website.