The Anonymous Widower

The Crossrail Mile End Park Ventilation Shaft Is Revealed

The hoardings have been partially removed from the Crossrail Mile End Park Ventilation Shaft.

The top line of pictures were taken from the top of a 277 bus, whilst the others were taken a day later from the ground.

It’s certainly starting to look like the visualisation.

Mile End Park Vent Shaft

This humble ventilation and evacuation shaft could be one of the most-copied features of Crossrail.

October 9, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. Is the ventilation shaft the twirly spiral thing? If so it is quite attractive, certainly not an eyesore.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 9, 2016 | Reply

  2. I think when it’s finished it’ll be a lot clearer.

    It is used to vent the Crossrail tunnel and for emergency access in case of trouble. The Channel Tunnel Rail Links are all over East London and look like Martello Towers. Crossrail’s are much smaller, with one hidden in a large office block.

    Comment by AnonW | October 9, 2016 | Reply

    • I know what a Martello Tower is, I have had them pointed out to me by Neil, who is heavily into all things WW1 and WW2 – I have just treated him to a flight on a 2 seater spitfire, out of Biggin Hill – he hasn’t booked his date yet, but he is rather excited. I have to say, I think the only time I have been to London since the Channel Tunnel was built was to actually travel on it, from Waterloo it was then, so not seen those ventilation shafts. But we are planning to go out to WW1 Battlefields at some point. My gt Uncle Don was a Captain in the army, serving at Gallipoli, and then on the Somme. He was acting CO of his field unit on 11/11/1918, and Neil has found the War diaries which he wrote on that day, saying how he heard about the armistice. Plus lots of other things too.

      Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 9, 2016 | Reply

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