Tottenham Court Road Station

Tottenham Court Road Station

Crossrail is working alongside TfL on a £1bn transformation of Tottenham Court Road Station, the biggest transport investment in the West End for decades.

Built over 100 years ago as two separate tube stations, Tottenham Court Road was not designed to cope with the almost 150,000 passenger journeys that are now made through the station every day.  With the expected rise in passenger numbers interchanging between London Underground services and Crossrail in 2018, the existing station is being upgraded to meet the expected rise in demand for this key central London station for years to come.

Alongside the upgrade of the existing tube station, Crossrail is building a new station the length of three football pitches four storeys underground.  A new street level ticket hall will be constructed at Dean Street, with the station box continuing five levels below ground at a depth of around 25m, providing access to the new Crossrail platforms.

Buildings have been demolished from the area bounded by Dean Street, Diadem Court, Great Chapel Street and Oxford Street to make way for the modern looking ticket hall.

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Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station in numbers:

  • 24 trains per hour service at peak times in each direction
  • 260m – length of platform tunnels
  • 25m - platform depth
  • 102,000 passengers are estimated to use Crossrail station each day
  • 40 utilities diverted in and around Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street
  • 500,000 square feet of premium retail, office and residential accommodation created at eastern end of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road
  • £1bn – total investment to build Crossrail station and upgrade capacity of existing Tube station

Key journey times

Tottenham Court Road station will link the West End to Canary Wharf in 12 minutes, Stratford in 13 minutes and Heathrow in less than 30 minutes, and cut journey times by up to half in some cases.





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Construction of the Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station started in June 2011 following the demolition of the buildings at Dean Street.

Tube upgrade plan

The existing Tottenham Court Road underground station will be fully upgraded by 2016 - in time to meet the estimated demand of more than 200,000 journeys per day once Crossrail is built.

The benefits of rebuilding Tottenham Court Road Tube station include:

  • A new, larger ticket hall
  • New entrances and a public plaza outside Centre Point
  • Additional escalators
  • New access to the Northern and Central line platforms to reduce congestion

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Passengers will also benefit from safety and accessibility improvements, including:

  • New lifts to provide step-free access from street to platform
  • Tactile strips on platforms and stairs
  • Contrasting handrails to help visually impaired passengers
  • New CCTV cameras
  • Better lighting
  • New Art on the Underground installation

Further information about the upgrade of the existing Tottenham Court Road London Underground station are available at

Download Transforming Tottenham Court Road Newsletter, Summer 2013

Area improvements

Crossrail has had planning approval granted for its largest over-site development at Tottenham Court Road that will cover four blocks and include one of the most dramatic regenerations of the public area around the station and in Soho.

It includes the first new West End theatre in over a decade at the former Astoria and 500,000 sq ft of high-quality shop, office and housing spaces.

Passengers will see the eastern end of Oxford Street transformed into the glitz and glamour akin to Oxford Circus and Soho.

The London Underground and Crossrail plans include a new public Piazza around Centrepoint, creating a distinctive new west end landmark;a new open pedestrian space linking Soho Square and Charing Cross Road will create new views of the Square and of St. Patrick’s Church among other open spaces.

The development, in conjunction with Derwent London, will take place above Crossrail’s integrated ticket halls at Dean street and Charing Cross Road.

Construction of the private sector-funded over-site developments will commence after work on Tottenham Court Road station is complete in 2017.

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A number of projects, including those led by local authorities, are either in progress or planned for the Tottenham Court Road area and the West End. 

These include:

  • Creating public spaces and better pedestrian routes to Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Soho
  • Improving pedestrian access at the west end of New Oxford Street
  • Improving traffic circulation on Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street
  • Reducing street clutter
  • Better cycle routes

Some of these improvements are in the early stages of planning and will be implemented after construction at the station is complete.


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Further information about the upgrade of the existing Tottenham Court Road London Underground station are available at


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