Crossrail has set out plans to develop and enhance the public spaces around stations in a number of outer London boroughs. The proposed designs will include new landscaped areas, better way-finding and enhanced integration with other transport services.
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Urban Realm Designers | Atkins
The urban realm scheme at Farringdon East will lead passengers to a new station entrance located at the corner of Long Lane and Lindsey Street, in the block immediately to the east of Smithfield Market. The market and the adjacent Charterhouse Square denote this as an area of historical significance.
The existing urban realm is inconsistent in its treatment and quality, with a limited number of formal pedestrian crossings and poor way-finding. The area operates in very different ways depending upon the time of day. It can be dominated by HGV vehicles servicing the market in the very early hours of the morning, by commuters during the day and by a very active night-time economy in the evenings. As such, the new urban realm scheme has been designed to function effectively for each of these users.
The urban realm proposals include the following improvements:
- Large raised pedestrian tables designed to calm traffic and prioritise pedestrian movements both outside the station entrance on Long Lane and at the junction of Charterhouse Street and Lindsey Street.
- A secure line of bollards, way-finding signage and belisha beacons will protect the station entrance on Long Lane.
- Widened footways combined with enlarged and relocated pedestrian crossings, to reflect pedestrian needs, will improve the experience of moving through the area.
- High-quality materials, such as Yorkstone paving for the footways, will be used to integrate the scheme with the local environment, such as the historic Smithfield Market.
- Hayne Street will be a single surface, with Yorkstone footway and granite kerbs laid flush to the granite carriageway, creating a seamless shared surface for pedestrians and vehicles.
- Regular kerb heights are retained beyond the areas of raised table, which allows for comfortable boarding of taxis via wheel chair ramps. The closest regular height kerb to the station is located approximately 20m from the station entrance on Lindsey Street.
Urban Realm Designers | Urban Movement / Mott MacDonald
The new station entrance at Moorgate will not only lead to a new, spacious and fully integrated ticket hall, but will also improve the passenger experience of the external public realm.
As part of the Crossrail works, significant areas of land have been used to facilitate the construction of the new station and associated railway infrastructure. The site restoration scheme for the Moorgate station entrance is based on proposals developed in consultation with the City of London, TfL, London Underground and other local stakeholders including Land Securities and Aviva Investors.
The public realm proposals follow the City of London’s street design guidance and have taken account of the City’s Moorgate Crossrail Station Urban Integration proposals, as approved in February 2015. Options for the wider area are currently being developed by the City and will be the subject of further stakeholder engagement.
Crossrail’s public realm proposals recognise the City of London’s ambition to create a coherent, civic place that will transform the Moorgate and Moorfields area from a space previously laid out as a conventional highway with mixed and sometimes unclear priorities, to one with greater pedestrian priority, and ease of interchange between different rail services.
In Moorgate and Moorfields the public realm improvements will include:
- Reducing carriageway width in Moorgate and increasing footway space.
- Introduction of a central pedestrian median in Moorgate to improve crossing at a key pedestrian crossing point and improve accessibility for all users.
- A new pedestrianised public space will be created on Moorfields between New Union Street and London Wall, with access limited to emergency and service vehicles only.
- Moorfields south of Moor Place will act as a ‘secure zone’ outside the new station entrance in which vehicles access will be controlled via station controlled retractable bollards.
- Pavements and carriageways will be treated with a combination of high quality Yorkstone and granite changing Moorfields into a pedestrian friendly space, dispersed interchange and station forecourt.
- New way-finding signage will help visitors to orientate themselves and direct them to surrounding areas and key destinations of the City.
- The proposals have been designed to tie in with the wider public realm improvements being progressed by the City of London, to be further consulted on and agreed through the City’s standard consultation Committee processes.
- Away from the raised carriageway areas regular kerb heights are retained in close proximity to the station entrance in Moorfields, Moorgate and Fore Street which allow for comfortable boarding of taxis via wheel chair ramps. The closest regular height kerbs to the station are located approximately 30m from the station entrance on Moorfields and Moorgate.
Urban Realm Designers | Urban Movement / Mott MacDonald
The aim of the urban realm design is to create a safe and welcoming public space that functions as a gateway to the City of London.
The station is a destination for tens of thousands of people who use it every day on their way to work, as visitors to the City or the nearby areas of Spitalfields and Shoreditch. The area around the station has to deal with large numbers of servicing vehicles, taxis and buses. The arrival of Crossrail will see significant increases in pedestrian movements and modes of transport getting to and from the station.
The new public space on Liverpool Street will facilitate the free and easy movement of people, create conditions for waiting and simply enjoying the space, and allow the necessary vehicle access without spoiling the pedestrian experience.
The key proposal is to restrict road traffic in Liverpool Street between Old Broad Street and Blomfield Street, and create a consistent surface across the area using a palette of traditional materials in keeping with the prevailing City of London character. New seats will be introduced and all the principal pedestrian ‘desire lines’ across vehicle routes will be raised flush to increase pedestrian priority and improve accessibility.