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Ilford Station

Ilford Station

Crossrail, together with Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL), are working on Ilford station to prepare for the start of the Elizabeth line services.

Network Rail is currently planning the major station rebuild which includes an enhanced southern entrance that will serve customers alighting from buses on Ilford hill as well as providing a route on to the Elizabeth line for residents of over 1000 new homes being planned on development sites to the south of the station.

The project is sponsored by the London Borough of Redbridge (LBR) which has secured grants from both the Greater London Authority (GLA) and TfL to support the scheme with a contribution also coming from LBR’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  LBR developed the outline design for the building with architects Landolt and Brown, who were behind the award-winning redevelopment of Hackney Wick station. Contracts were awarded in September 2019.


  • A new station entrance from Cranbrook Road including a new ticket hall, improved capacity and ticket gates
  • New customer information screens and signage
  • 200+ metre long platforms
  • Accessible by three new lifts
  • Step-free from platform to street
  • Improvements to the area around the station in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge


  • A train every 5 minutes at peak times in central London
  • Walk-through carriages
  • Space for 1,500 people
  • Air-conditioning
  • CCTV, WiFi, and live travel information


  • The main entrance has now closed (as of 22 January) and the temporary entrance on Ilford Hill is in operation


In May 2015, TfL took over the operation of the stopping services from Ilford station. New TfL Rail trains are being gradually introduced between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.

When the full route opens, passengers will be able to travel through central London without having to change trains.

At peak times 12 Elizabeth line services an hour will run between Shenfield and central London, calling at all stations. An additional four services an hour will run between Gidea Park and Liverpool Street main line station, westward in the morning peak and eastward in the evening peak.

You can take some types of bikes on some of TfL Rail services. To find out which these are, see TfL's user guide or use the advanced options in Cycle Journey Planner.

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Contact us

If you have queries about the work taking place please contact Network Rail, which is delivering the Crossrail upgrades: