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Crossrail’s Urban Realm: the Public Spaces outside the Stations

Crossrail’s approach to the public spaces outside its station is ambitious and pioneering. No other railway project in this country has included a programme of improvements as extensive as Crossrail’s. These spaces outside stations need to work effectively as transport interchanges and get people to the next stage of their journey by bike, foot, bus or taxi, as well as being pleasant spaces to meet friends.

It is vital that the areas around the Elizabeth line stations work effectively as transport interchanges and get people to the next stage of their journey by bike, foot, bus or taxi, as well as being pleasant and welcoming environments.

The designs aim to be attractive, adaptable and sustainable so their use can change over time; accessible including, where possible, step free; legible and free from clutter; and safe and secure. Importantly they also aim to retain the identity, diversity and characteristics of local areas giving confidence to local communities and to potential investors.

The designs have been carried out in collaboration with Crossrail, local authorities, Transport for London and, on Crossrail’s surface section, Network Rail.  

All the urban realm designs in London have been reviewed by panels of experts: in the central section of Crossrail reviews have been carried out by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and in outer London by Urban Design London.

Download Places & Spaces: Urban Realm Book, July 2015

The funding required to build the designs will be obtained from a variety of sources, a principle agreed by all the partners at an early stage. The total cost of the urban realm improvements outside every station on the route is estimated at £130m. The target is to raise and implement £90m of improvements by line opening in 2018. The funding will be split 3 ways between Crossrail, TfL and third parties (principally local authorities through developer contributions).

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City of London

City of London

Crossrail's urban realm improvements in the City of London

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Hillingdon

Crossrail's urban realm improvements in the London Borough of Hillingdon

Outside London

Outside London

Crossrail has set out plans to develop and enhance the public spaces around stations in a number of outer London boroughs.... Read more

Crossrail's property developments: Developing more than a railway

Crossrail's property developments: Developing more than a railway

Crossrail has integrated the designs for 12 major property developments over and around its central London stations... Read more