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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. 

ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM LIVERPOOL STREET

Liverpool Street station will open in December 2018 when a train every two and a half minutes at peak time will run in each direction terminating at Paddington in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.

When the route fully opens in December 2019, passengers will be able to catch Elizabeth line services from Liverpool Street to Heathrow and Reading in the west and Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

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KEY JOURNEY TIMES FROM LIVERPOOL STREET:

TO

CURRENT JOURNEY TIME

CROSSRAIL JOURNEY TIME

Canary Wharf 

22

6

Abbey Wood

42

18

Paddington

23

10


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Current Works

Moorgate ticket hall

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Description of work:

We will be closing the southbound lane of Moorgate between Ropemaker Street and London Wall from 23 July until the end of March 2017 to facilitate deliveries for the fit out of the Moorgate shaft and ticket hall.

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Moorgate ticket hall

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Description of work:

We will be working extended hours to fit out the Moorgate shaft, commencing on 1 August 2016. Works will initially be at the base of the shaft and we do not expect these to be noisy.

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Finsbury Circus access shaft

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Description of work:

In the Liverpool Street station platform tunnels, the secondary lining and fireproofing works are now complete. Our main station works contractor, Laing O’Rourke, is now getting ready to start installing the station platforms. We are using pre-cast platforms to speed up the construction process. We will be adhering to core working hours during the platform installation.

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Finsbury Circus access shaft

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Description of work:

Crossrail's contractors have started breaking out the base of the escalator shaft leading from the station platforms under Finsbury Circus up towards Moorgate. The break out works will last until 23 June and may generate some groundborne noise and vibration. The excavation of the pilot tunnel for the escalator shaft will continue until the end of August and is not expected to be as noisy, with the next concrete breaking out works not due to commence until September.

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Finsbury Circus access shaft

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Description of work:

We will be breaking out at the base of the escalator shaft this week to commence the uphill excavation. There may be some noise and vibration in buildings on the west side of Finsbury Circus from Tuesday 26 July through to Thursday 28 July.

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Blomfield Street shaft

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Description of work:

From 25 June to the end of October it will be necessary to narrow a section of Blomfield Street adjacent to the Crossrail Liverpool Street worksite in order to maintain access for deliveries. The adjacent loading bays will be suspended.

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Blomfield Street shaft

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Description of work:

As part of the new Broadgate Ticket Hall, Works are currently underway to enlarge the escalator shaft that connects the access passage to the platform tunnels below.

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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 on Liverpool Street.

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Broadgate ticket hall

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Description of work:

Liverpool Street - section of road closed until 2018, from June 18 2011

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