Getting dressed up in less than flattering protectective clothing to visit factories and buildings sites used to be a fairly regular part of my life when I was a TV producer.  Now driving the Mum Taxi and visiting museums is more normal.  Imagine my excitement when opportunity don a hard hat for a spot of tunnel vision at Crossrail Canary Wharf. The invitation to the press view of Tunnel: the Archeology of Crossrail at the Museum of London Docklands included a visit to the Crossrail Canary Wharf  station.

Foster + Partners have designed Crossrail Canary Wharf from the tip of its 310 metre roof, down through five storeys of roof gardens, shops and restaurants and deeper down to the platform.  The building stands in the middle of West India Quay and the station itself is 18 metres below the water level.  Even though passengers will not be buying tickets in the ticket hall until late next year, it already has marble on the floor and all eight of the escalators have their canary yellow panels in place informing passengers that they are indeed at Canary Wharf.

Crossrail Canary Wharf

Not that those escalators are working yet, we had to walk down the emergency stairs, they will be hidden behind doors and will hopefully never be used by the general public.  Next level down houses the 210 metre platform which is yet to get its fancy flooring but the floor to ceiling doors that will separate trains and passengers are in place.  We stepped through one of these and into the main attraction, the tunnel.  Clever stuff here as well, trains approaching the station will go up a slight incline acting as a natural brake, when the leave they will go down cutting fuel consumption.

Crossrail Canary Wharf

Trains will start to run to Paddington in December 2018, a year later the full service from Shenfield to Reading will start.  Then a train will arrive at the station every five minutes.  I know that every time that I use Crossrail Canary Wharf  I will remember seeing it all empty and unfinished.



  1. February 12, 2017 / 7:30 am

    You’ve done some fun things recently. And you call it work! Hehe. I used to like the dressing up part too. The exhibition sounds interesting, can’t wait to read more. #MySundayPhoto

  2. sarahmo3w
    February 12, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Wow, it looks incredibly interesting! It must have felt quite spooky to be there before it was in use.

    • Catherine
      February 12, 2017 / 8:38 am

      The tunnel itself was quiet but everywhere else was a hive of activity

  3. February 12, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love seeing behind the scenes at this sort of project. How fascinating. #mysundayphoto

  4. February 12, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Wow that is fascinating, I love behind the scenes tours they are so interesting x

  5. February 12, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    One of those invites you couldn’t possibly turn down! Amazing sounding preview.

  6. February 12, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Wow that’s amazing – love the tunnel picture, looks like it goes on forever. Great outfit too!

    • Catherine
      February 12, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Trousers a little on the ahort side but otherwise very chic, I thought!

  7. February 12, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    What a fascinating insight behind the scenes. You look fab in your dayglow outfit!

  8. February 12, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Oh wow! What an exciting day out….How interesting x

  9. February 13, 2017 / 2:57 am

    Very cool shot of the tunnel and tracks.

  10. February 15, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I had no idea that was there. I will definitely have to go and explore


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