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Mayor and Rail Minister unveil new Crossrail station designs to shape future of London

By Ankeeta Munsi

Mayor and Rail Minister unveil new Crossrail station designs to shape future of London

Liverpool St - Broadgate entrance, Nov 2010

  • Designs for central London Crossrail stations on display for first time 

  • Public exhibition of new station designs until 8 December at NLA - the centre for London's built environment at The Building Centre 

Londoners were given a glimpse of the future today as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and Rail Minister Theresa Villiers unveiled cutting edge designs of Crossrail stations to be built across central London and the Docklands. An exhibition of the stunning designs, which opened to the public today, highlights the scale and extent of the new Crossrail stations at key London locations.

Over the last year some of the UK’s best known architects have worked with world-class engineering firms to finalise the designs for eight of the new Crossrail stations. The results are stunning, sustainable and world-class designs of which London can be proud. The new stations will take inspiration from the past and from the local area but have a fresh modern twist. The work, at Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel, will be on a scale not seen since the Jubilee Line Extension opened in 1999.

Custom House Station - view along Victoria Dock RoadFor passengers these new stations will deliver a vastly improved travelling experience, larger station entrances and ticket halls, more space and easy access to Crossrail and other transport services. Crossrail will boost London’s rail capacity by ten per cent, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “As Crossrail moves from the drawing board to reality we can see the breathtaking benefits it will bring to our city and I'm thrilled Londoners can finally see designs of the world-class stations that we will construct. When complete they will run east to west in a solid backbone of quality infrastructure and style.”

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: "These designs provide a glimpse of the impressive new buildings that will welcome passengers to the heart of our capital. 

"Crossrail will enable passengers to arrive at their destinations in less time and more comfort. It will create thousands of jobs and potentially generate up to £50bn for the UK's GDP.  We are working hard to make sure that the new railway offers the best possible value for money."

London has a glorious railway design history that ranges from the Brunel-designed Paddington station, through Charles Holden’s Tube stations of the 1920s and 1930s to the revival of St. Pancras International. Crossrail intends to build on this design legacy and create cost-effective stations fit for the 21st Century while regenerating local communities.

Farringdon Station - Long Lane entranceEach of the new Crossrail stations will have a distinctive but consistent design. Building on the architectural legacy of each location, these new stations have been designed to combine the latest station technology with tried and tested engineering solutions. A key element of each station design has been to ensure that the stations are able to cater for future growth in passenger demand. An estimated 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “The launch of detailed designs for eight Crossrail stations in central London and the Docklands is another milestone for Crossrail and a further demonstration of the project’s continued momentum. The station designs have a critical role to play in informing the public about what Crossrail will really deliver for London and for communities along the route.

”A key element of all the new station designs is to help drive wider regeneration at a number of locations including Paddington, the West End, Farringdon and Whitechapel as well as improve public areas at street-level."

Liverpool Street Station - Moorgate Ticket HallArchitects have used the character and heritage of the local area to inspire the design of each station and to meet the needs of local communities across the capital. They are working with local authorities along the route to make sure the benefits of Crossrail do not stop at the station entrance but are fully integrated with wider development plans. 

At Paddington, a major new station for passengers will be created providing easy interchange between Crossrail, National Rail and London Underground. The major redevelopment will also deliver an improved new pedestrian entrance from the canal towpath to both Paddington mainline station and a new Hammersmith & City line station.

Custom House Station - view of entrance from Freemason's Road, indicative image Custom House will be a new station for passengers in the east, acting as a gateway for London and will be the only new Crossrail station where platforms are above ground. The station will welcome passengers from nearby London City Airport as well as regional and international visitors to London’s largest conference centre, ExCeL. The station will also become a new local transport interchange between Crossrail, Docklands Light Railway and London Buses.

Whitechapel Station has been designed to feature a spectacular step-free access walkway alongside the Crossrail concourse linking Whitechapel Road to the communities in the north of the area. This will provide a free pedestrian route from Durward Street to Whitechapel Road for local residents. 

At Tottenham Court Road, the new station entrances at Centre Point will be a key design feature of a new public piazza and create a distinctive new landmark for the West End. Made of glass, these new step-free entrances will open up the station by allowing natural light into the levels below.

Designers have also been appointed to incorporate architectural components that will be used throughout the platform and tunnel environments in each station to create an integrated line-wide identity. This design work encompasses wall and floor finishes, lifts, escalators, lighting and signage suitable for use in all the new stations. This systematic approach will create a unified look, maximises value for money and yet allows each station to retain its individual identity.

Crossrail will be the largest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years and will help an extra 1.5 million people to access London’s major employment centres.

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Note to editors:

  • The Crossrail exhibition at NLA,The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1E 7BT is open to the public until 8 December 2010. Admission is free of charge. The Building Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 6.00pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 5.00pm. The nearest Tube station is either Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street.

Design teams for each of the Crossrail stations featured are as follows:

  • Bond Street - WSP; John McAslan + Partners.
  • Canary Wharf – Canary Wharf Group; Arup; Foster + Partners; Adamsons Associates; Gillespies; Tony Meadows Associates.
  • Custom House – Arup; Atkins; Allies & Morrison;
  • Farringdon – Scott Wilson; Aedas; Burns & Nice
  • Liverpool Street – Mott MacDonald, Wilkinson Eyre; Urban Initiatives.
  • Paddington – Scott Wilson, Weston Williamson; Gillespies.
  • Tottenham Court Road – Arup; Atkins; Hawkins Brown.
  • Whitechapel – Hyder; BDP.
  • Line-wide identity / common architectural components – Grimshaw; Atkins; GIA Equation.

Crossrail stations

  • Construction of Crossrail got underway at Canary Wharf on 15 May 2009 and work on Europe’s largest construction project is now progressing at five central London sites including Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road.
  • Over the coming twelve months all the major station contracts will be awarded and work will get underway at other sites along the Crossrail route.
  • Planning applications for each of the eight new stations are either under consideration by local planning authorities or will be submitted during the coming months. Oversite development applications will be made afterwards.

About Crossrail

  • Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.
  • When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.
  • Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy, resulting in a £17bn tax boost for the Treasury. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy.
  • Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7000 jobs created indirectly.
  • Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.