A major overhaul of Ilford station as part of the Crossrail programme has been given the go-ahead by Redbridge Council.
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The proposals, submitted by Network Rail in October, include:
A new, bright, spacious building with a striking glass façade that will let natural light flood into the station
A new, larger ticket hall with a wide entrance and more ticket gates
New lifts providing step-free access from street level to all platforms.
The new station building has been designed to stand out as a recognisable landmark on Cranbrook Road and to be a prominent building that is visible from the surrounding area. Further improvements will also be delivered to prepare the station for Elizabeth line services including longer platforms, improved lighting, signage, customer information points, CCTV and overhead information screens.
Further detailed design will now take place, with the contract for the construction of the station to be awarded by Network Rail this year. Work is expected to get underway in early 2018 and to take around 18 months to complete.
Transport for London (TfL) recently opened a new ticket hall at Ilford station on York Road as part of its station upgrades. The London Borough of Redbridge is also carrying out improvements to the appearance of the local area around the station as part of work to improve public spaces.
From May 2017, the first new trains will be progressively introduced between Shenfield in Essex and Liverpool Street main line station. From May 2019, up to 12 Elizabeth line trains an hour will allow passengers from Ilford to travel right through central London, making it quicker and easier to get to a range of destinations across the capital.
Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “The striking façade, spacious ticket hall and new lifts will making travelling through Ilford station a vastly improved experience for the thousands of passengers who use it every day.”
Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “We are delivering major upgrades to the track, signalling and stations between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield to prepare for the introduction of new trains from May. The approval of the proposed design for a new station building at Ilford is another major milestone in the transformation of this vital stretch of railway.”
Councillor Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council said: “With the arrival of the Elizabeth line, Ilford is on the fast track to becoming an exciting London hotspot. Commuting times will be slashed as we are rapidly linked to the City, West End and Heathrow Airport. We have big regeneration plans for Ilford with new homes, services, restaurants and street improvements on the way. The landmark Ilford Elizabeth line station will further enhance Ilford’s fast-improving status as an emerging and a well-connected place to live.”
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About Crossrail and Network Rail
Network Rail is a key partner in delivering the Crossrail project. It is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of the route that are on the existing rail network. Network Rail’s work, which will integrate the new rail tunnels beneath London with the existing rail network, includes upgrades to track, major civil engineering projects, new overhead electrification equipment and improvements to stations and bridges.
The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.