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Ilford Station

Ilford Station

Ilford station is being rebuilt, with a new station entrance, better ticket hall and new lifts. A new spacious, modern and bright station building on Cranbrook Road has been designed to stand out as a prominent building that is visible from the surrounding area.


Transport for London (TfL) has already enhanced the access from York Road by creating a new larger ticket hall from an existing Network Rail building. The new ticket hall includes:

  • A new spacious, modern and bright station building on Cranbrook Road
  • A new waiting room and benches on platforms
  • Improved customer information, lighting and wayfinding signage
  • Newly painted walls and tiled floor and ceiling
  • Two new ticket machines, four new ticket gates and a wide aisle gate
  • A new waiting room and benches on platforms

TfL has installed digital screens at the York Road entrance to make customer information easier to see, and refurbished the platform canopies, station toilets and building new platform shelters.


Network Rail is currently planning the major station rebuild which includes an enhanced southern entrance that will serve customers alighting from buses on Ilford hill as well as providing a route on to the Elizabeth line for residents of over 1000 new homes being planned on development sites to the south of the station. The project is sponsored by the London Borough of Redbridge (LBR) which has secured grants from both the Greater London Authority (GLA) and TfL to support the scheme with a contribution also coming from LBR’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  LBR developed the outline design for the building with architects Landolt and Brown, who were behind the award winning redevelopment of Hackney Wick station.  Works will start on site in summer 2019 with new entrance available to customers in early 2020.

Further improvements will also be delivered to prepare the station for the start of Elizabeth line services including improved lighting, signage, customer information points, CCTV and overhead information screens. Platform extensions to accommodate the new 200m long Elizabeth line trains will also be carried out.

Ilford station will be step-free from platform to street by December 2020.

Crossrail has also been working with the London Borough of Redbridge on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.


In May 2015, TfL took over the operation of the stopping services from Ilford station. New TfL Rail trains are being gradually introduced between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.

When the full route opens, passengers will be able to travel through central London without having to change trains.

At peak times 12 Elizabeth line services an hour will run between Shenfield and central London, calling at all stations. An additional four services an hour will run between Gidea Park and Liverpool Street main line station, westward in the morning peak and eastward in the evening peak.

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Contact us

If you have queries about the work taking place please contact Network Rail, which is delivering the Crossrail upgrades: