The first Crossrail station to be completed was handed over by its builder, Canary Wharf Group, in mid-September. Attention will now focus on fitting out the £500 million Canary Wharf station with rail systems, including signalling, overhead line equipment and platform screens.
Other work includes installation of communications systems and tunnel ventilation. The station will have eight 30 metre-long escalators, nine 11m-long escalators and six lifts. Canary Wharf Group contributed £150m towards the total cost.
Above the station is a four-storey retail development called Crossrail Place, which was opened in May. The station development will link Canary Wharf and Poplar, which are currently separated by the North Dock.
Construction began in May 2009, and engineers drove almost 1,000 piles, excavated 300,000 tonnes of material and poured 375,000 tonnes of concrete. They also had to pump almost 100 million litres of dock water.