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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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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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Charterhouse Street (between Lindsey Street and Carthusian Street) will be closed to through traffic until 2 July. The reason for this is to locate a large crane for steel installation at the Crossrail eastern ticket hall. Please be aware that due to the proximity over the London Underground tunnels, some works will take place at night when the railway is closed down for engineering works.

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Long Lane ticket hall

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There will be no parking in force from 7pm to 7am on Monday evenings to Saturday mornings at Charterhouse Square. The reason for this is that concrete lorries are require use of the area in order to reverse into the acoustic enclosure.

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