Over 1.5 kilometres of escalators now installed in Elizabeth line stations.(Crossrail)

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With over half the escalators now installed in the new Elizabeth line stations, new timelapse footage and photos released by Crossrail highlights current progress.

17 escalators have been fully commissioned at Canary Wharf station and the framework for 37 more have been completed at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street. Together these combine to a length of 1,603 metres, the equivalent of one mile of escalators.

In total, 81 escalators will be installed and commissioned at nine new Elizabeth line stations between Paddington and Woolwich, with a total length of 2.8 kilometres (2,802 metres). In addition, 54 lifts are being installed at these nine stationsand all 40 stations on the Elizabeth line will have step-free access.

The longest escalator on the Elizabeth line will be at Bond Street – the 60 metre long escalator will carry passengers from Hanover Square near Oxford Street to platform level 25.7 metres below. The shortest escalator, at 18.5 metres, will be at Liverpool Street and take passengers from street level down into the Broadgate ticket hall. The 81 escalators have been installed at a 30 degree incline.

Escalators in the new Elizabeth line stations will travel at a speed of 0.5 metres per second, with the exception of Canary Wharf’s escalators which travel at 0.75 metres per second as they have one less flat step at the top.

Vanessa Hope-Lewis, Crossrail Lift and Escalator Field Engineer, said:

 “Over 200 million passengers a year will use these escalators to access the newest addition to London’s transport network. As the Crossrail project passes 85% complete, the installation of these escalators is another step forward in the completion of the Elizabeth line ahead of its opening on time in December 2018.”




The 81 escalators are being installed as follows:


  • Paddington – 15 escalators
  • Bond Street – 9 escalators
  • Tottenham Court Road – 6 escalators
  • Farringdon – 11 escalators
  • Liverpool Street – 15 escalators
  • Whitechapel – 3 escalators
  • Canary Wharf – 17 escalators
  • Custom House – 2 escalators
  • Woolwich – 3 escalators


The route will pass 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 Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.