Scheme built by Laing O’Rourke and designed by Hawkins\Brown

Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road station has become the second on the central London section of the route to reach a handover landmark.

Built by Laing O’Rourke and designed by a team featuring Hawkins\Brown, Arup and Atkins, the project has been given a T-12 rating – meaning the station is substantially complete and is now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to Transport for London.

It follows Farringdon, which reached the same milestone last December.

Work at the station will now primarily focus on the extensive testing and commissioning of systems ahead of the Elizabeth line opening, the name given to Crossrail, when it finally opens next year.

The station’s main entrance is on Dean Street with the Elizabeth line station integrated with the upgraded London Underground station which was completed five years ago by Taylor Woodrow and Bam Nuttall..

Crossrail will move into the next major stage of the project, with the start of trial running and intensive testing later this year.

Crossrail has said the problem central section of the railway – running from Paddington in the west to Whitechapel in the east – is still on track to open in the first half of 2022.