The Anonymous Widower

Custom House Station – 4th May 2019

I took these pictures as I walked pass Custom House station.

It appears to be substantially complete, with even an on display Elizabeth Line logo.

Note that this station was to a large extent built in a factory near Sheffield. Engineers in charge of the construction, told me that the quality and speed of construction were better, than building everything on-site.

May 5, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | ,


  1. I have an idea which never was mentioned by Crossrail:

    The south-east branch between Whitechapel and

    Abbey Wood stations seems to be more or less ready.

    Why will that piece of work not be opened asap ?

    (because a rather short line between these stations

    would be better than no line at all).

    Depending of course on the completion of Whitechapel

    station whenever that will be the case.

    Comment by Wolfgang Maresch | May 5, 2019 | Reply

  2. This is a question, that has been asked by others, so there must be a fundamental reason why it has not been done.

    1. Whitechapel station is not ready to accept passengers.

    2. The signalling system is not ready to handle trains with passengers.

    3. Work is still progressing at Stepney Green Junction.

    4. The track layout at Whitechapel does not allow trains to reverse.

    But your question is valid and a line between Whitechapel and Abbey Wood calling at Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich would surely serve a useful purpose.

    Could it be that opening just a short section, would be almost an admission of failure?

    But there is a precedent from fifty years ago. The Victoria Line was opened as a short distance line between Walthamstow Central and Highbury & Islington on the 1st September 1968 and was immediately popular according to Wikipedia. The next section to Warren Street opened three months later.

    Perhaps, TfL are worried that everybody will want to have a look? But Whitechapel and Abbey Wood stations are well connected by other services.

    Surely, it would be a way to show travellers that some progress was being made.

    Comment by AnonW | May 5, 2019 | Reply

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