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Areas around Crossrail stations set to be transformed

By Ankeeta Munsi

Areas around Crossrail stations set to be transformed

Crossrail Farringdon Station Eastern ticket hall

Public spaces outside Crossrail stations will be made safer, more attractive and pedestrian friendly after Crossrail announced it has finalised a Memorandum of Understanding with local authorities, Transport for London and Network Rail.

18 local authorities along the Crossrail route, along with Transport for London, the London Development Agency, Network Rail and the Department for Transport, have finalised the Memorandum, which aims to make improvements outside stations that reflect a local area’s characteristics and needs. 

When it opens, Crossrail will be the largest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years and will help an extra 1.5 million people to access London’s major employment centres.

Crossrail stations will act as a catalyst for economic growth and improvements along the route and will influence the future movement of traffic and people. Around every station Crossrail’s urban design team, working with the local authority, will work to create new and improved public spaces that integrate with existing transport services.

Sam Richards, Crossrail’s Head of Urban Integration said:

“Crossrail delivers a unique opportunity to facilitate and drive wider regeneration at a number of locations including Paddington, the West End, Farringdon and Custom House. The new Crossrail stations offer great opportunities to improve public areas at street-level. Crossrail is committed to working with local authorities along the Crossrail route to provide future passengers with improved public spaces outside stations and a superior travel experience that extends to the onward journey – whether it is by bus, cycle or foot.”

Graham King, Head of Strategic Planning, Westminster City Council said: “We are keen to ensure that the benefits of Crossrail do not just stop at the station entrance or forecourt but are fully integrated with the wider development plans for individual local authorities to maximise the benefits of this major new railway. This joint commitment between Crossrail and local authorities seeks to ensure that areas around all Crossrail stations will not only be fully accessible and reflect local needs but also aim to stimulate further local regeneration.”

The designs to improve public spaces outside Crossrail stations will be subject to the local authorities’ development plans and funding, government guidance and legislation.

Download Memorandum of Understanding for the Urban Realm and Transport Interchange at Crossrail Stations, 14


For further information contact Ankeeta Munsi, Crossrail Press Office: tel 020 3229 9552 or email 

Notes for Editors

The 18 local authorities that have agreed to the Memorandum of Understanding with Crossrail are:

  • London Borough of Bexley          
  • London Borough of Camden          
  • London Borough of Ealing          
  • London Borough of Greenwich       
  • London Borough of Havering        
  • London Borough of Hillingdon      
  • London Borough of Islington       
  • London Borough of Newham          
  • London Borough of Redbridge       
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets   
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham    
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead     
  • City of Westminster       
  • City of London    
  • Slough Borough Council    
  • Brentwood Borough Council         
  • South Bucks District Council
  • Essex County Council

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy, resulting in a £17bn tax boost for the Treasury. Previous estimates were that Crossrail will deliver up to £36bn to the UK economy.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7000 jobs created indirectly.

Crossrail will be delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.