Crossrail: Elizabeth Line Stations in Pictures

 
 
 
 

Tottenham Court Road - architect's impression of entrance, Dean Street, 2018

 

See how the new Crossrail Elizabeth line stations will look when they open in December 2018. The designs are on display in 'Platform for Design', a free exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects from 6th May until 14th June 2016.

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Crossrail: Elizabeth Line Overview

 
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Bond Street - proposed ticket hall on Hanover Square, 2018

Bond Street - proposed ticket hall on Hanover Square, 2018

At an estimated cost of 14.8 billion pounds, a pretty penny has been spent on Crossrail, a rapid new railway line connecting London, Heathrow and the south east of England. Nine years in the making, construction began in 2009 at Canary Wharf and the new railway, named the Elizabeth line after the current Queen, gets its grand opening in 2018. 

 
 
 

Paddington Station: Brunel's Original Design

Praed Street, Paddington, London, W2 1RH

Tube: Paddington Station , Lancaster Gate Station

 
 
Paddington Station - proposed ticket hall, 2018

Paddington Station - proposed ticket hall, 2018

 

The station which famously gets its name from a fictional bear will become famous for another reason in 2018: Paddington will get a new Elizabeth line station. Adhering to Brunel's original design, all components will closely follow his 10ft imperial grid system while the internal design will reflect original plans by the 19th century architect Matthew Digby Wyatt who collaborated with Brunel on Paddington Station and whose scheme "introduced a Moresque note".

 
 
 

Bond Street Station: John McAslan and Partners

Oxford Street, Mayfair, London, W1C 2JS

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Bond Street station - ticket hall on Davies Street, 2018

Bond Street station - ticket hall on Davies Street, 2018

 

Each of the new stations has its own, distinct character, conceived by different well-known architects. In the case of Bond Street Station, the design comes from John McAslan Partners, the architects behind the transformation of King's Cross Station. The stunning curved glass roof of that north London railway hub, opened to the public in March 2012, is quite breathtaking - it has made King's Cross look more like the British Museum than a train station.

 
 
 

Curved Passageways, Clear Lines

 
Farringdon Station - proposed platform level concourse, 2018

Farringdon Station - proposed platform level concourse, 2018

 

At platform level, common design components such as seating, signage and full-height platform screen doors will create a consistent and familiar feel to the rest of the TfL network. This common architecture will accentuate the curved, sweeping passageways created during the construction of the tunnels. The design approach aims for simplicity and clarity by reducing visual clutter as far as possible to provide clear lines of sight along the platforms.

 
 
 

Farringdon: Blacksmiths and Brutalist Architecture

Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6BY

Tube: Farringdon Station , Barbican Station

 
 
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Farringdon station - proposed station concourse at Cowcross Street entrance, 2018

Farringdon station - proposed station concourse at Cowcross Street entrance, 2018

The new Farringdon Station takes inspiration from the historic local trades of blacksmiths and goldsmiths, as well as the distinctive architecture of the Barbican. For evidence of this influence look to the station's eastern ticket hall. Other design flourishes include heavy metal sliding-screen gates derived from a barcode for 'Farringdon' and a palette of champagne coloured stainless steel cladding and etched glass panels unify design at both ticket halls - a reference to the nearby Hatton Garden diamond and jewellery quarter.

 
 
 
 

Liverpool Street: The History Beneath our Feet

Liverpool Street, City, London, EC2M 7PP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 
 
Liverpool Street station - proposed escalator at Moorgate ticket hall, 2018

Liverpool Street station - proposed escalator at Moorgate ticket hall, 2018

 

One of London's busiest commuter stations at the heart of financial London, Liverpool Station has been one of the trickiest to thread into the urban fabric. Working with a maze of sewers, existing Tube lines and the Post Office Railway, before work on Crossrail could get underway, nearly 4,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial site and thousands of artefacts dating back to Roman times had to be excavated and documented.

 
 
 

Whitechapel Station: Links to the High Street

277 Whitechapel Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 5BA

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 
 
Whitechapel station - proposed ticket hall on Mile End Road, 2018

Whitechapel station - proposed ticket hall on Mile End Road, 2018

 

When Crossrail comes in 2018 Whitechapel Station will get a new ticket hall on a bridge above the Victorian railway and a new landscaped public square linking the station to Whitechapel High Street. Entry to the station will be through the refurbished original entrance on Whitechapel High Street and a new second entrance will be created at the northern end of the station.

 
 
 

Woolwich: Regeneration

Dial Arch Square, London, SE18 6GH

Tube: Woolwich Station

 
 
Woolwich Station - proposed platform, 2018

Woolwich Station - proposed platform, 2018

 

Part of a masterplan which includes 3,750 new homes and new cultural, heritage, commercial and leisure venues on the Royal Arsenal site in Greenwich, Woolwich Station will significantly improve access to this changing corner of south east London. From the bronze clad station, which opens out onto Dial Arch Square, you can access Firepower - Royal Artillery Museum and discover the significant military history of the area.

 
 
 
 
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