The Crossrail Vision is to deliver a world-class and affordable railway, safely, that meets the ever growing transport needs of London in the 21st Century and beyond. Sitting right at the heart of the London network, Farringdon Station is fundamental to Crossrail meeting this aspiration.
When complete, it is planned that over 140 trains per hour will flow through the Farringdon interchange when it becomes a link between Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground services. Farringdon will be the only station from which passengers will be able to access all three networks. Farringdon will become one of Britain’s busiest train stations, and will be a key link in bringing passengers from outer London to the business hubs in the City and Canary Wharf.
Catalyst for Regeneration
Situated at the intersection of a new east-west and north-south axis, it will be possible to directly connect with three of London’s five airports (with single interchange to the other two), providing a highly desirable railway connection between Heathrow and Gatwick. We believe this interchange will become so important to London that Farringdon will re-emerge as a destination in itself.
In close conjunction with the City of London and the London Borough of Islington, a vision for the regeneration of this key area of London has been developed. It is hoped that the Crossrail project will help to both re-energise the traditional industries such as the Hatton Garden Jewellers and Smithfield Market, and attract new business to the area.
Two of the largest private development sites in Central London exist in the Mount Pleasant Royal Mail site and the former Guardian newspaper headquarters, which, if fully developed, could provide a considerable additional passenger flow through the area. The development of the new Farringdon station will considerably ease the impact of these increased passenger numbers on the network.
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