Image courtesy Crossrail
Crossrail undertook another test yesterday (Saturday 19 February) involving around 1,000 volunteers setting off from Woolwich station.
Last week saw the first test from Woolwich with 450 in attendance. Things were ramped up yesterday as another scenario was tested further to the west in advance of opening.
Simulation of a failed train near Farringdon were undertaken, as volunteers were led off trains and along walkways adjacent tracks in the tunnel. Last weeks simulated a similar incident but near Custom House station.
Older tunnels from the North London Line which formerly ran to North Woolwich were repurposed for Crossrail and lack walkways. Connaught tunnels ceased to be used for National Rail when DLR services too over the route from Canning Town to Woolwich Arsenal.
On a side note, I’d never really linked the perforated panels widely used in central London stations with those at Abbey Wood.
They are a key theme of the line’s design language visible across the network, as seen here at Whitechapel:
Further scenarios will be practiced in coming weeks and if successful, the line’s full opening moves a step closer.