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A virtual look at Crossrail’s Farringdon station

To show passengers what its new Farringdon station will look like, the digital team at Crossrail has pulled together a virtual tour of the new Elizabeth line station.

With open days currently off the table for the project’s rapidly completing central London stations the project has turned to an online solution – a 360-degree website tour that is available for public viewing at https://360.crossrail.co.uk/far/

The website, which has a custom interface developed by 3 Deep Media, is made up of 21 panoramic 360-degree images and includes 41 pop-ups which tell the story of the design and build of the recently completed Farringdon Elizabeth line station. It also includes more than 100 pictures from Crossrail’s archive that detail the station’s construction.

Mark Wild, Crossrail’s chief executive, said: “I am really pleased we have been able to create this online tour of Farringdon station so everyone can see what the Elizabeth line will look like when it opens. I know when people see a completed Elizabeth line station and the enormous addition of space and capacity they provide for London’s passengers, they will be impressed. 

“As the construction element of the Elizabeth line increasingly comes to an end the focus for Crossrail switches to commissioning and testing, ensuring that we have a safe and reliable railway from day one. But while that important work is ongoing its really good to be able to share this online insight into what the completed railway will look and feel like.”

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 (TfL), who will operate the Elizabeth line.    

 Work at the station is now focussed on the extensive testing and commissioning of systems ahead of the Elizabeth line opening, when Farringdon station will become 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.  

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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