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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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Long Lane ticket hall

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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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The contractor appointed to provide the power, utilities, track systems and other services within the central tunnel areas (known as the Systemwide works) will be pumping concrete from the Charterhouse Square compound in order to construct the track slab between Farringdon and Moorgate.

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Long Lane ticket hall

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s contractor responsible for fitting out the railway systems has begun the construction of the track between Farringdon and the Barbican. With significant constraints on the ticket hall site, it is necessary to locate the track bed concrete pumping operations within an acoustic enclosure adjacent to 33-37 Charterhouse Square. Construction of the enclosure will necessitate a full closure of Charterhouse Square (between Lindsey Street and Carthusian Street).

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40 Stations Connected

Building the new railway involves constructing 10 new stations in central London and Docklands and upgrading 30 existing stations between Reading and Heathrow in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.