Crossrail, Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL) are working together at Ilford station to prepare for the start of Elizabeth line services.
Network Rail is currently rebuilding Ilford station, enhancing accessibility and making journeys easier for the thousands of passengers who use the station every day. In June 2021, an enhanced southern entrance opened which serves customers alighting from buses on Ilford hill as well as providing a route on to TfL Rail (and when open, 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.
CONNECTING ILFORD TO THE ELIZABETH LINE
- 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 FLEET OF NEW TRAINS
- A train every 5 minutes at peak times in central London
- Walk-through carriages
- Space for 1,500 people
- CCTV, WiFi, and live travel information
- The main entrance has been closed and the temporary entrance on Ilford Hill is in operation
- Station rebuild works are ongoing
- The enhanced southern entrance is now open
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM ILFORD STATION
In May 2015, TfL took over the operation of the stopping services from Ilford station. New Class 345 trains are in use between Shenfield and Liverpool Street. The majority are currently seven-car long, with an upgrade programme due in the autumn of 2021 to increase these trains to nine-car (which is the full length of train for Elizabeth line services when it opens in the first half of 2022).
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.
If you have queries about the work taking place please contact Network Rail, which is delivering the Crossrail upgrades:
- Call: 03457 11 41 41
- E-mail: [email protected]