Crossrail is installing 81 new escalators into the Elizabeth line, which will be used by over 200 million people when the railway opens in December 2018. Over half have now been installed, stretching to over 1 mile long. The new timelapse footage shows escalators being installed at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street.
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 stations and 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.”