Canary Wharf gets an extra burst of escalator speed

Crossrail's 81 escalators travel at a sedate 0.5mph – but Canary Wharf people have no time to dawdle

Crossrail escalators at Canary Wharf
Crossrail escalators at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf people move faster than the rest London. It’s a conclusion that can be made from observation at the Waitrose Self Service tills – and soon it will be built into the fabric of Crossrail.

The escalators at Elizabeth line stations will all travel at 0.5 metres per second. Except in Canary Wharf where they will hit 0.75 metres per second.

Some 17 escalators have been fully commissioned at Canary Wharf station and the framework for 37 more have been completed at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street. Together these are the equivalent of one mile of escalators.

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In total, 81 escalators, all at a 30 degree angle, will be installed and commissioned at nine new Elizabeth line stations between Paddington and Woolwich, with a total length of 2.8km.

The longest escalator on the Elizabeth line will be at Bond Street – the 60m escalator will carry passengers from Hanover Square near Oxford Street to platform level 25.7m below. The shortest escalator, at 18.5m, will be at Liverpool Street and take passengers from street level down into the Broadgate ticket hall.

Crossrail’s Vanessa Hope-Lewis said: “Over 200million passengers a year will use these escalators. As the Crossrail project passes 85% complete, the installation of these escalators is another step forward in the completion of the Elizabeth line ahead of its opening in December 2018.”

81 escalators

The 81 escalators are being installed as follows:

  • Paddington – 15 escalators
  • Bond Street – 9 escalators
  • Tottenham Court Road – 6 escalators
  • Farringdon – 11 escalators
  • Liverpool Street – 15 escalators
  • Whitechapel – 3 escalators
  • Canary Wharf – 17 escalators
  • Custom House – 2 escalators
  • Woolwich – 3 escalators
Crossrail escalators at Custom House
Crossrail escalators at Custom House

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