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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Custom House station is at the core of an area which has huge potential for regeneration. It is located in the south of the London Borough of Newham and is adjacent to the Royal Docks and the ExCel Exhibition Centre.
Newham is currently refining its comprehensive redevelopment plans for the area around the new Crossrail station on Freemasons Road. The plans include new buildings and a new public space around the station. With such a fluid urban landscape, a design for the permanent urban realm will be developed as part of the wider regeneration plans led by the borough.
This Crossrail station, located next to the existing Docklands Light Railway station, will also serve the ExCel centre and the Royal Docks area. While the former already attracts large crowds for exhibitions and conferences, the latter forms another important opportunity area, where significant growth and development is expected in years to come.
Custom House station and its future urban realm will perform an important role in reducing the separation caused by the railway corridor and connecting the communities on either side.
Plans have not yet been finalised, but Crossrail and the London Borough of Newham will continue working together to maximise the benefits for the area. Crossrail, however, will be implementing an interim scheme which will include soft and hard landscaping, tree planting, new lighting, wayfinding signage and cycle parking.
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The relocation of Pudding Mill Lane Docklands Light Railway station is necessary to accommodate Crossrail’s tunnel portal, where the railway emerges from under ground just to the west of Stratford.
The new, larger station and a new railway viaduct have recently been completed and are built with the capacity to serve visitors to the Olympic Park and Stadium.
The area around Pudding Mill Lane will experience significant change in the forthcoming years. Its transformation from industrial landscape to a residential area with good transportation and links to the park and the River Lea is being mapped out by the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham.
Crossrail will be contributing to these changes with the new station, its associated urban realm improvements including a generous station forecourt, soft landscaping and tree planting. The design includes pedestrian routes to the River Lea to the west and to the east to the Greenway from which a long distance footpath and cycleway can be accessed.
Gallery - Pudding Mill Lane urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | BDP / Hyder
The area around Maryland station is dominated by the road network, including a large roundabout the design of which has little consideration of, or facilities for, pedestrians and cyclists. Most notably, there is an array of barriers and railings between the carriageway and the footways giving rise to a segregated and hostile pedestrian environment. The footway outside the station is very narrow and gives a constricted pedestrian access on approach to Maryland station.
The urban realm design scheme aims to give the area a new identity and create a focal point by forming a new station entrance plaza on Leytonstone Road, and effectively reshaping the highway.
The scheme will provide a significantly improved pedestrian access with widened footway and a reduction in the dominance of vehicles in the area. New paving will calm traffic with granite setts applied to all crossing points and to the section of the highway that links the two main public spaces. The removal of the existing roundabout will improve the transport interchange. Also proposed is new cycle parking, a taxi stand, pick-up and drop-off point, and wayfinding integrated with a public transport interchange along routes to and from Maryland station. Tree planting will also soften the urban landscape.
Gallery - architects impressions of urban realm proposals for Maryland Station
Urban Realm Designers | BDP / Hyder
Forest Gate is fast becoming one of Newham’s most vibrant district centres and the arrival of Crossrail will improve its transport connectivity. Currently, with the station located next to a very large and complex junction, the area and the local centre feel dominated by busy road traffic. An excessive amount of railings, bollards and street furniture contribute to the clutter in the urban realm and create a series of divided spaces, one of which is being used as a local market.
The design proposes improvements which address these imbalances and unify the spaces into a coherent area.
The station entrance plaza on Woodgrange Road will be enhanced by improving pedestrian access at the junction with Forest Lane and Sebert Road by widening the footway. At the main junction the left turn on to Forest Lane will be removed, providing extra space for people to walk to the station. The carriageway will be resurfaced in granite setts and wider crossings will encourage traffic calming and ease of use by pedestrians.
The scheme also aims to create a new public transport hub by connecting all modes of transport, improving interchange and rationalising bus stop locations. Convenient cycle parking will be provided by spaces on Woodgrange Road and a secure cycle hub just off Woodgrange Road. There will be a taxi stand for pick-up and drop-off.
Gallery - architects imressions of proposed urban realm for Forest Gate Station
Urban Realm Designers | BDP / Hyder
Manor Park station is characterised by its proximity to the park itself on one side and the bustling life of Romford Road on the other. The surrounding urban environment is in a poor state of repair, with uneven surfaces, tired street furniture and a lack of a coherent treatment. The road outside the station is excessively wide and the retail outlets in the area are generally of a low quality. There is scope to improve connections to and from the station, introduce some trees and planting to soften what is currently a very hard urban setting and potential to extend the improvements up to the Romford Road junction.
The urban realm design aims to clean up and simplify the streetscape with high-quality materials.
The proposals are for Station Road to benefit from a granite setts surface treatment fronting the station, traffic calming elements to be introduced and a new zebra crossing added.
The design will enhance the physical quality and appearance of the station forecourt and approach with new, robust materials that create a consistent pedestrian route between the stations and key destinations in the area. The interchange will be improved with wider footways at the bus stops and additional bus standing space, cycle parking closer to the station entrance and a cycle hub on a vacant plot of land opposite the station.