Located in the heart of the West End, Tottenham Court Road is undergoing a major transformation. The Crossrail project is delivering a new underground station and ticket hall at Dean Street in Soho and a second integrated ticket hall below St Giles Circus on Oxford Street.
When complete, Tottenham Court Road will be one of London’s busiest stations, offering an interchange between the Northern, Central and Elizabeth line services with more than 200,000 passengers passing through the station every day.
The new station at Tottenham Court Road will stretch from a new plaza in front of Centrepoint westwards to Dean Street, running directly below Soho Square. Above ground, a protected conservation area, heritage listed buildings, bustling retail, businesses and a new theatre frame the local station context.
The western ticket hall in Soho is dark and cinematic, reflecting the nocturnal economies that characterise the area. At this site, black is the colour of choice for the glass and stainless steel inside the station.
In contrast, white glass and stainless steel dominate at the Elizabeth line eastern ticket hall - bright and well lit to reflect the 1960s iconography of the nearby Centre Point. Glazed elevations to the ticket halls together with the station lighting strategy create a glow, helping to reinforce their presence at night and provide a connection to natural light during the day.
The Elizabeth line eastern ticket hall will provide an interchange with the Northern and Central lines. An integrated ticket hall, which will be six times the original size, is part of Transport for London’s major upgrade and includes a new public plaza and station entrances outside Centre Point.
Turner Prize winning artists will feature inside the station. An applied gold-leaf artwork by Richard Wright will form the ceiling of one of the eastern escalator boxes. At the western end, a sequence of screens descending into an escalator will display digital artworks by Douglas Gordon.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail worked with Westminster Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
- Brightly lit, two ticket halls
- Step-free from street to platform
- 234 metre long platforms
- Bright underground spaces with curved sweeping corners to ease passenger flow
- Full height platform screen doors to separate people from tracks
- 170,000 passengers per day on the Elizabeth line (peak, from 2019)
- 24 trains per hour (peak, from 2019)
- Interchange: Central, Northern
Gallery - Tottenham Court Road design
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
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.