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Atkins and Grimshaw reveal Crossrail platform ‘mock-up’

These are the first images showing a full scale Crossrail platform model designed by Atkins, Grimshaw and GIA Equation

Designed to give Londoners a ‘glimpse of the future’, the life-sized model at a test centre in Leighton Buzzard will be used to fine tune the design prior to station construction.

Scheduled to open in 2018, the new Crossrail line through the capital will create new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: ‘Crossrail will change the face of public transport in the Capital forever and we need to check the station designs meet the high standards Londoners require, but also that the materials we use can withstand the rigours of being used by millions of passengers.

‘Those tests mean that when work begins on the real McCoy later this year we can be confident we will be building the best possible Crossrail stations.’

Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan added: ‘The priority for Crossrail for the coming years will be the construction of the new stations and tunnels that will transform journeys across London and the south east from 2018 - but we also now need to give important consideration to the important final look and feel of stations.

‘Making these decisions just before Crossrail opens in 2018 would be too late.’

Once fine tuning is complete the full scale model is expected to go on public display in London.

It is predicted that around 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.

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