Progress on Crossrail is building up speed, with new pictures showing the completed construction of new architectural ceilings at Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations.
At Farringdon, over 100 diamond-shaped concrete segments have been pieced together to create a lattice roof inspired by the historic Hatton Garden jewellery quarter located opposite the station.
The 25m wide ceiling, which weighs over 360 tonnes, is suspended from above to create a "cathedral-like entrance" that will welcome passengers travelling down to the new Elizabeth Line platforms from the western ticket hall.
Over at Liverpool Street, the ticket halls at either end of the station now have grooved, angled ceilings. Crossrail said that design is to create a sense of space, and also to "reflect the traditional pin striped suits of City workers". Attention to detail indeed!
There are 10 new stations being built across the capital and in the tunnels, over three-quarters of the permanent track has been laid.
In pictures: How the Elizabeth Line is shaping up
Simon Wright, Crossrail programme director, said in January: “The new Elizabeth Line stations are now taking shape with their ticket halls that will serve hundreds of thousands of passengers every single day. Below ground, as the fit-out of the stations continues, it’s now possible to get a real sense of how they will look and feel when they open at the end of the 2018.”
And last month, TfL announced the first train to be used for passengers had arrived for testing in the capital.
The Crossrail 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.
Transport for London (TfL) will run the railway, named the Elizabeth Line, when services through central London open in December 2018.