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Crossrail submits Bond Street planning application

By Ankeeta Munsi

Crossrail submits Bond Street planning application
  • New Crossrail station to have ticket halls at Davies Street and Hanover Square

  • When Crossrail opens passengers from Bond Street will be able to reach Heathrow in 31 minutes and Canary Wharf in 12 minutes

Crossrail today submitted its plans containing detailed designs for Bond Street station to Westminster City Council. The new Crossrail station will be integrated with the existing Tube station to form a combined station that will stretch from Hanover Square to Oxford Street.

The new Crossrail station and an upgraded Tube station will transform the Bond Street area and act as a catalyst for further investment securing the West End’s position as a premier shopping and entertainment destination and major employment centre.    

The new Crossrail station, designed by architects John McAslan and Partners, will have entrances and ticket halls at Davies Street and Hanover Square. Over 155,000 passengers use the Tube station daily and with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, passenger numbers are expected to increase to 225,000.

Main construction for Bond Street Crossrail station is due to get underway in 2011. The station will be constructed on five levels with the ticket halls at street level and designed in such a way to allow free flowing movement of passengers entering and exiting the station.

The design for Bond Street Crossrail station also makes provision for the early implementation of over site developments which will be the subject of separate planning applications.

Crossrail will cut journey times from the West End to many destinations, in some cases reducing them by half. Passengers will be able to reach Heathrow in 31 minutes, Canary Wharf in 12 minutes and Paddington in just 2 minutes. The Crossrail service at Bond Street station will be 24 trains per hour in each direction at peak times.

Julian Robinson, Crossrail’s Head of Station Design, said: “Bond Street will be one of the most important stations on the Crossrail route as it will provide access to the West End. Architects John McAslan and Partners have designed a station that not only meets the future needs of passengers but reflects the aspirations of the world’s most famous retail district. The station will also include an integrated commercial over site development above the new Crossrail ticket halls at Davies Street and Hanover Square providing the West End with additional retail and commercial space.”   

The existing Tube station is also being extensively redeveloped. The £300m redevelopment of the Tube station, coupled with the new Crossrail station, will transform the Bond Street area and act as a catalyst for further investment securing the West End’s position as a premier shopping and entertainment destination and major employment centre.

The upgraded Bond Street Tube station will be step-free from the street to platform and have increased capacity with a new station entrance on the north side of Oxford Street on Marylebone Lane. This entrance also will provide direct below ground access to Crossrail services. 

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Notes to editors:

  • Main construction work for Crossrail Bond Street station will get underway in 2012.
  • The Crossrail station with ticket halls at Davies Street and Hanover Square will connect to the expanded Tube station to form one integrated station.The design contract for Bond Street Crossrail station was awarded to consultants WSP with John McAslan and Partners as architects.
  • A Schedule 7 planning application for Bond Street Crossrail station was submitted to Westminster City Council on 21st December 2010. Schedule 7 applications are requests for approval of design and external appearance under the planning regime established by Schedule 7 to the Crossrail Act.
  • The design for Bond Street Crossrail station also makes provision for the early implementation of over site developments. Separate planning applications will be submitted by Grosvenor and Crossrail Limited for the Davies St ticket hall site and Great Portland Estates and Crossrail Limited for the Hanover Square ticket hall site. 
  • In July 2009 Westminster City Council's planning sub-committee approved a planning brief covering the new Crossrail station.  This was subsequently incorporated into official local planning policy in September 2009. The planning brief outlines the Council's aspirations for this area and provides an indication of future development that would be permitted. Further briefs were agreed by Westminster City Council for the Crossrail construction sites at Paddington and Tottenham Court Road.
  • The design, appearance, access, transport and public realm proposals for Bond Street Crossrail station fulfil requirements set out in the Planning Brief for Bond Street adopted by Westminster City Council in September 2009.
  • On 4 August 2010, Transport for London announced that it had awarded the contract for the redevelopment of Bond Street station to Costain Laing O’Rourke JV.
  • Main construction for the £300m Tube station redevelopment will get underway in 2011 with work complete by 2017.

The redevelopment of the Tube station will deliver: 

  • A dramatic increase in station capacity ahead of the completion of Crossrail;
  • A new entrance and ticket hall north of Oxford Street to increase capacity and provide step-free access to both the Central and Jubilee lines;
  • New escalators and an additional access route to the Jubilee line to reduce congestion;An improved interchange between Central and Jubilee lines;
  • Step-free access to the new Crossrail station; and
  • Improved pedestrian areas around the station with new seating and lighting.

Crossrail aims to establish an externally funded Crossrail Art Programme. Working with prominent London-based curators Futurecity, a cultural strategy has been developed that will be implemented on the stations, below ground platforms and in the public realm.  


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 per cent, 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 would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7,000 jobs created indirectly.

Crossrail is 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.