Custom House Crossrail bridges to open in November

An artist's impression of how the Custom House Crossrail station will look

An artist's impression of how the Custom House Crossrail station will look - Credit: Archant

Two new foot bridges have been installed at Custom House station as part of the Crossrail project.

Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of Crossrail Ltd, described it as “leap forward”.

“It’s an exciting time for Crossrail, as we continue to build a new railway for London and the South East safely, on time and on budget,” he said.

Custom House’s 200-metre building will house a ticket hall and equipment and operations room supplying power for the station and the Victoria Dock portal.

Construction of a station entrance at Victoria Dock Road is also under way and the station has two new bridges – a 90-tonne walkway to the ExCel centre and a link to Victoria Bridge Road.

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A third will link the Crossrail build to the DLR station this spring, and the bridges set to open in November.

And Transport for London expects to start running services from Liverpool Street to Shenfield by May.

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But Mr Wolstenholme said the project was about more than transport.

“Crossrail is not just about delivering a world-class new railway,” he said. “It also aims to leave a lasting skills legacy for the construction industry.”

Work has resulted in employment for more than 400 apprentices and training for 8,000 people at the Tunnelling and Construction Academy in Ilford.

Crossrail has also recruited more than 746 previously unemployed jobseekers.

“Crossrail’s recruitment approach has been highly effective, using its Jobs Brokerage scheme, Jobcentre Plus and the national apprenticeship website to address the large number of skilled workers needed in the field of construction and tunnelling,” a spokesman said.

The next phase of building will include laying tracks and installing power supplies and signalling.

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