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Farringdon station

When the Elizabeth line opens in 2018 Farringdon station will be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s five airports.

The goldsmiths, watchmakers, ironmongers and blacksmiths of Farringdon, Clerkenwell and Smithfields and the Brutalist architecture of the nearby Barbican Centre provide the context for the design of the new Farringdon station.

Two new ticket halls are connected by underground mined platforms. The western end located on the corner of Farringdon Road and Cowcross Street will provide access to and from the Thameslink ticket hall.

The eastern end is bound by Charterhouse Street, Lindsey Street and Long Lane. This major transport interchange site has had to fit within a complex infrastructure network up to 25 metres below ground. The engineering and design challenges here have driven tailored design solutions such as lifts that move on a slope rather than the standard vertical movement.

In the eastern ticket hall, the design references the Barbican centre and the design of heavy metal sliding-screen gates has been derived from a barcode for ‘Farringdon’. In the western ticket hall influence is drawn from the nearby diamond and jewellery quarter. A material palette comprising champagne coloured stainless steel cladding and etched glass panels unify design at both ticket halls.

A pedestrian priority plaza will be created between the Elizabeth line and Underground ticket halls at the western end of Cowcross Street. The improved public space places priority on pedestrian flow and includes new trees, seating and widened footways.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with Islington Council and the City of London on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. Early proposals were published in 2014. 

Find out more about urban realm proposals for Farringdon station western ticket hall. 

Find out more about urban realm proposals for Farringdon station eastern ticket hall. 


Farringdon station will open in December 2018 when services begin through central London. Trains will terminate at Paddington in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.

When the route fully opens in December 2019, a train every two and a half minutes at peak time will allow passengers to travel all the way through to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east.

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Current Works

Cowcross Street ticket hall

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Description of work:

Crossrail is committed to providing up-to-date information about the complex construction works taking place to ensure the local community is kept informed. You are welcome to join us at our quarterly Community Liaison Forum.

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Cowcross Street ticket hall

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Description of work:

We apologise in advance whilst we carry out works to connect the Thameslink and Elizabeth line stations. There will be no step-free access between the ticket hall and the southbound Thameslink platform during this time. Step free access to and from London underground platforms and Thameslink northbound platforms will not be affected by these works.

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Long Lane ticket hall

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Description of work:

Road Closures affecting Charterhouse Street, Carthusian Street and East Poultry Avenue commencing August 2015.

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Long Lane ticket hall

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Description of work:

From mid-July until November, Long Lane will be westbound only. Charterhouse Square and Carthusian Street will be eastbound only. This is to extend the Eastern Ticket Hall site area on Long Lane for architectural finishes and escalator delivery and fit out.

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