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Tottenham Court Road Station

Tottenham Court Road Station

Located in the heart of the West End, Tottenham Court Road has undergone a major transformation. The Crossrail project has delivered a new station with a new ticket hall at Dean Street in Soho and a second integrated ticket hall below St Giles Circus on Oxford Street.

Tottenham Court Road is set to be one of the busiest stations not just on the Elizabeth line, but across the London transport network offering an interchange between the Northern, Central and Elizabeth line services, and a capacity of 170,000 passengers on the Elizabeth line station every day.

The new station at Tottenham Court Road stretches from a new plaza in front of Centrepoint westwards to Dean Street, running directly below Soho Square. Above ground, a protected conservation area, heritage-listed buildings, bustling retail, businesses and a new theatre frame the local station context.

This station has a different colour scheme at each end to aid in intuitive wayfinding. The western ticket hall in Soho is dark and cinematic, reflecting the nocturnal economies that characterise the area. At this location, black is the colour of choice for the glass and stainless steel inside the station. In contrast, white and red glass and stainless steel dominate at the Elizabeth line eastern ticket hall - bright and well lit to reflect the 1960s iconography of the nearby Centre Point and theatreland. 

A dot motif on the glass within the station shows a map of the streets of Soho, with roundels for station entrances, and a house for Soho Square.

Glazed elevations to the ticket halls together with the station lighting strategy create a glow, helping to reinforce their presence at night and provide a connection to natural light during the day.

The Elizabeth line eastern ticket hall provides a direct connection to the Northern lines, and a connection through a gateline to the Central line. The integrated ticket hall, which is six times the original size, was part of a major upgrade by Transport for London which included a new public plaza with striking glass station entrances outside Centre Point.

Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright has applied a gold-leaf artwork on the ceiling above the eastern ticket hall escalators, using renaissance fresco techniques, which appears and disappears with the light. Douglas Gordon, also a Turner Prize-winning artist, is creating digital artwork for a screen above the Dean Street ticket hall escalators. Learn more about the art at this station on our Artwork at Tottenham Court Road page. These artworks, combined with the existing artworks in the London Underground section of the station from Daniel Buren, and Edward Paolozzi, make an interesting and inspiring journey for passengers.

As part of the construction of the station, the Astoria theatre was purchased and demolished. @Sohoplace is a new, state-of-the-art 40,000 square feet, 5-storey theatre, the first ever purpose-built theatre for in-the-round performance in London. This replacement theatre, situated directly above the station, is operated by Nimax and is due to open later in 2020.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail Ltd worked with Westminster Council on improvements to the area around the station.


  • Mined-station
  • 24m below ground
  • 234m passenger platform length
  • Station handover to Transport for London in March 2021
  • Step-free from street to train with three general use passenger lifts
  • 170,000 passenger capacity per day on the Elizabeth line (peak)
  • 24 trains per hour (peak, each way)
  • Interchange: Central, Northern
  • 2,328m to Farringdon (measured from the middle of both station platforms)


Learn more about how the station has been designed to cater for a wide variety of passengers from regular commuters, Oxford Street shoppers, theatre-goers and those seeking the Soho nightlife in this video with Harbinder Birdi from HawkinsBrown.

Download our Tottenham Court Road station profile here.

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When the full route opens, an Elizabeth line service every two and a half minutes at peak time will allow passengers to travel all the way through to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east.