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In pictures: first look at the psychedelic ‘West End Section’ of Crossrail

Posted at 10:00 am, April 1, 2014 in News, Transport
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Edit: April Fools. Duh!

Passengers riding Crossrail – between Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road, at least – are in for a colourful surprise in 2018, as TfL gave us a sneak peek at the technicolor decor set to line the tunnels. Utilising over three million LED lights and more than a thousand low-energy plasma screens, it promises to be London’s trippiest form of public transport.


The display, which adorns the walls of just under a kilometre’s worth of tunnel, is ‘fully reprogrammable’ and will change over time, said designer April Jones. ‘The colours and imagery will subtly reflect the weather, seasons and special occasions.’ So it’ll go red and green at Christmas, then? ‘Yes!’ And apparently, Londoners will also be able to interact with the display via social media.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said:

‘We wanted to bring the dynamism and vibrancy of the West End to Crossrail itself, some 30 metres under the ground. Almost a million passengers will pass through this section every day, and we think it will delight each and every one of them.’


Mayor of London Boris Johnson added:

‘The world has never before seen anything of this kaleidoscopic ilk. It’ll undoubtedly be the envy of every subway rider in New York or navetteur aboard the Paris Metro.’


Back in February, it was announced that the Crossrail train and platform announcements would be voiced by comedian Michael McIntyre.

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