A massive cavern is under construction at Laird Station

Two years and nearly 500 metres later -Photos of the day

As we’ve taken readers from end to end at every stop and station along Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit system, we’re constantly adding updates on the progress being made. Now it’s time to take a look at an impressive before-and-after progress shot from Laird Station where a nearly 500 metre cavern has been created. 

The first time we visited Laird Station together was back in May and the sheer depth of the caverns below the city left us all a little slack-jawed.

Now we take a step back for some perspective and consider just how far this project has come in the last 25 months.

A before and after shot of excavation work at Laird Station.
Mining work started at Laird Station in Aug 2017, two years later, excavation work is almost complete on the nearly-500 metre cavern.

For anyone keeping track, Laird Station is the 13th station heading east along Eglinton Avenue for the Crosstown LRT line.

If you want to zoom out a little further, consider this aerial view of Eglinton Avenue.

This elevated guideway is where trains will travel east and west between Mount Dennis Station and Keelesdale.

An aerial view of Eglinton Avenue where an elevated guideway is being installed for the LRT
The view over Eglinton Avenue West and the elevated guideway.

Coming up in 2020, trains will be tested on this stretch of rail and travel to Caledonia Station.

It’s very exciting times for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, where the milestones keeping coming at a furious pace.

Stay tuned for next week’s photos of the day.