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Liverpool Street station

Liverpool Street station

Nestled in one of the City’s leading financial centres, surrounded by a continually evolving dense urban landscape, the design for Liverpool Street station makes the most of what little space is available to build a massive piece of infrastructure.

Stretching from Moorgate in the west to Broadgate in the east, the Elizabeth line ticket halls are connected by two mined platforms. Fully accessible ticket halls provide direct interchange with the Northern, Central, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, as well as National Rail services to Stansted and Southend airports.

A number of physical constraints below ground at Liverpool Street made the station one of the trickiest to thread into the urban fabric, including a maze of sewers, existing Tube lines and the Post Office Railway. In addition, layers of the city’s history had to be revealed before much of the work could get underway, which in total uncovered nearly 4,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial site as well as thousands of artefacts dating back to Roman times.

A unified architectural design inside the ticket halls is driven by the desire to maximise height in these constrained spaces. A shallow, folded ceiling plane formed by ribbed pre-cast concrete panels breaks the perception of the low flat ceilings to create a greater sense of space, scale and movement. The grooved, angled ceilings could be seen to resemble the pinstripes, often seen in the suits of City workers. A subtle sparkle of mica in the fibre-reinforced white concrete will glow with indirect lighting.

The entrance into the underground eastern ticket hall is through a striking, five metre high glazed canopy located in an open pedestrian plaza. Natural light will filter below ground during the day, while at night the canopy acts as a lantern with artificial lighting from inside shining out of the glazed entrance to illuminate the streetscape.

The western ticket hall is at street level and accessed through an angular portal entrance, framed by bold blue coloured glass. Glass panels and acoustic panels made from perforated enamel steel will be used on walls, while terrazzo will be used for the floors.

New forecourts and plazas around each entrance will create pedestrian friendly, accessible spaces with wider pavements. This will allow people to gather and dwell whilst maintaining clear pedestrian flows in and out of the station.

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


Liverpool Street 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

Moorgate ticket hall

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Description of work:

Over the next two weeks we will be carrying out exploratory works for the redistribution of a number of the utilities currently below the carriageway at Moorgate, within the boundaries of the existing worksite. There may be some additional noise for short periods when the road surface is being broken out. 24 hour working continues on Moorgate shaft fit out and on the escalator shaft enlargements until the end of March.

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Moorgate ticket hall

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Description of work:

Works are continuing to build up the structure inside the Moorgate access shaft. The works within the shaft are well advanced and are nearing street level. We have consent for 24 hour working in the shaft although we will ensure that any noisy works are completed before 22:00 in the evenings. 24 hour working is likely to continue until the end of March this year.

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Finsbury Circus access shaft

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Description of work:

As the final stage of our tunnel excavation works we will be enlarging the escalator shaft underneath the western (Moorgate) side of Finsbury Circus from late November until the end of March 2017. This will involve intermittent periods of concrete breaking which may cause some groundborne noise and vibration for the buildings directly above.

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Broadgate ticket hall

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Description of work:

As part of the works for the new Crossrail Liverpool Street station we are building a new ticket hall entrance in Liverpool Street. A section of Liverpool Street will remain closed, between Blomfield Street, and Old Broad Street, until construction is complete in 2018.

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200 metre long trains

Crossrail trains will be over 200 metres long