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Crossrail Farringdon Open Doors Friday 31 March 2017


Friday, 31 March 2017 from 11:30 to 13:00 (BST)

Crossrail Farringdon Open Doors Friday 31 March 2017
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Crossrail Limited is building a new railway for London, running from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through 42km of new tunnels under London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The project is building 10 new stations and upgrading 30 more, while integrating new and existing infrastructure.

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Construction began in 2009 at Canary Wharf, and is now over 80% complete.

The new railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, will be fully integrated with London’s existing transport network and will be operated by Transport for London. New state-of-the-art trains will carry an estimated 200 million passengers per year. The new service will speed up journey times, increase central London’s rail capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London.

BFK is a joint venture comprising of three of the world's leading tunnelling, civil engineering and construction companies: BAM, Ferrovial and Kier. The contract for the Farringdon station works was awarded to BFK in January 2012, with work on both ticket halls commencing in late 2012 and on the platform tunnels in early 2013.

The project works for Farringdon Station comprise of the design and construction of two new ticket halls, West and East, including the architectural and MEP fit out, and the design and construction of the SCL platform tunnels including fit out. The building works also include the management of lift and escalator installation, and finally any Urban Realm works required.

The Open Doors events (part of the Open Doors Week - are a perfect opportunity for young people interested in the construction industry, to visit our site and learn about the Crossrail story first hand. Visitors to the site will learn more about the Crossrail project, what it's like to work in the construction industry, and advice on where to go for further information. On Friday 31st March 2017 after arriving at site you will receive a brief project update on the Farringdon station works and then a site tour showing areas of the station in progress. The tour will start in the Western ticket hall (WTH) giving visitors a chance to see the stunning architectural diamond shaped Apse ceiling, which will be close to completion. The tour will then continue onto the station platforms, through the cross passages showing features such as the escalator shaft, and then exiting back through the WTH.


We will be offering three timed tours, two for those aged 18 or older, and one (the 15:30-17:00 tour) for those aged 16 or older.

This is an exclusive opportunity to see behind the hoardings at the Farringdon Crossrail worksite and is not to be missed!

Event location:

BFK Site Offices,

Corner of Charterhouse Street& Farringdon Road,



Key Information about this event:

  • You must be 16 years or over to attend.
  • Parental or guardian consent must be gained for anyone age 16-18 to take part on the site tour.
  • Please bring a signed copy of the consent form with you to the site (if you are 16 or 17 years old you will need a parent/ guardian’s signature, anyone aged 18 or older can sign for themselves). Failure to bring the form or photographic ID with you to the site visit may result in refusal of your entry to site.
  • The event is part of Open Doors Week - and will have a focus on encouraging young people into construction, with information about job roles and routes to employment. We will have other tours throughout the year with a more general focus.
  • The tour will take approximately 1 and a half hours.
  • The experience will include a tour of the Farringdon Station works. Visitors must be reasonably fit, able to walk up and down flights of stairs and comfortable at looking down at significant depth from height.
  • Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with restricted mobility or those who suffer from vertigo.
  • Your safety whilst on site is our primary concern. Visitors are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the site tour which we will provide. You must complete the size request when proceeding with a booking. The PPE consists of: a hard hat, protective eyewear, gloves, a top that covers your shoulders, over trousers and boots. 
  • All Crossrail worksites and offices are non-smoking, with zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol.
  • You must follow your guide at all times and use the designated walkway provided, keeping clear of any moving vehicles or equipment.
  • No dogs or other animals are permitted on site.
  • No food is permitted on site.
  • Should there be any reason to cancel the event visitors will be notified as soon as possible via the details used to register their ticket.
  • Please ensure you arrive promptly for your tour start time (as a busy construction site, we are not able to hold tours for late arrivals.
  • There is no parking available on site or in the immediate vicinity. Visitors are encouraged to travel via public transport.
  • A maximum of one ticket per person can be booked for this tour.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry.

We look forward to welcoming you to our site.

Do you have questions about Crossrail Farringdon Open Doors Friday 31 March 2017? Contact CROSSRAIL PROJECT

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Crossrail & BFK Site Office
Corner of Farringdon Road and Charterhouse Street
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Friday, 31 March 2017 from 11:30 to 13:00 (BST)

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