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The Approach to Design and Architecture on the Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line includes ten new stations in central London and southeast London. In underground station spaces, from station platforms to the top of the escalators, the architectural forms and materials will be recognisably consistent to give passengers a sense of familiarity right across the route.

As passengers move upwards, into the ticket halls and surrounding streetscape, each new station has its own distinct character that reflects the environment and heritage of the local area. The stations have been designed to create accessible, safe and comfortable spaces that people can move through easily and efficiently. The remainder of the Elizabeth line route includes 31 existing stations. Each of these outer London stations have been upgraded, and some of these stations have received substantial transformations with spacious new glass and steel entrances and ticket halls. Works in preparation for the Elizabeth line at these existing stations are now complete apart from at Ilford, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

04 Farringdon station - proposed platform level concourse_236036

Integrated design: For the first time in a major UK rail project, the stations, surrounding areas, and the oversite developments, have been designed at the same time. This integrated approach improves accessibility and comfort, and knits the new stations into their surroundings.

09 Woolwich station - proposed station entrance on Dial Arch Square_235997

Designed for growth: Multiple entrances and ticket halls, more space below ground and straightforward access to the rest of the transport network ensures that Elizabeth line stations feel spacious, are easy to navigate and can cater for future growth in passenger numbers. The platforms have been built to accommodate the new 200 metre long train as well as longer rolling stock in the future (would require new trains to be purchased).

04 Farringdon station - proposed station concourse at Cowcross Street entrance_236027

Sustainability: Social, economic and environmental impacts have been an important consideration throughout the design and construction of the Elizabeth line. Material from excavations has been beneficially reused; low-energy lighting features in stations and tunnels; and state-of-the-art lightweight energy efficient rolling stock carries large numbers of passengers - over 10 million in the first two months of operation.

03 Tottenham Court Road station - proposed ticket hall at Dean Street_236017


Seven principles have underpinned the design of the Elizabeth line stations:

  • IDENTITY: Deliver a consistent brand through a modern and contemporary transport mode, responsive to its local contexts.
  • CLARITY: Create an understandable environment for passengers from the start to the end of their journey.
  • CONSISTENCY: Implement a coherent line-wide design language, established through common materials and components within the Transport for London family.
  • INCLUSIVITY: Ensure the Elizabeth line is for everyone.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: A best practice design that minimises waste, maximises material qualities, reduces energy consumption and is cost efficient.
  • SECURITY: Provide safe and secure design solutions.
  • PEOPLE FOCUSED: Designed to balance functional and people needs.

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Hear from our Crossrail, station and line-wide architects and designers about how these principles have been used across the line in our Design & Architecture series on YouTube here.


Design teams for each of the Elizabeth line stations featured:

  • 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, WilkinsonEyre; 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.

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