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New and improved stations

London's newest railway will be an accessible route of 41 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through central London and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When fully open the Elizabeth line will reduce congestion by increasing central London's rail capacity by 10 per cent and will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London. It is already improving journey times across the capital, offering more choice and delivering an accessible world-class experience for millions of passengers.

Elizabeth line stations


The Elizabeth line has the capacity for 200 million passenger journeys each year so stations need to cope with a large number of passengers, be easy to navigate, accessible for everyone and able to ensure wear and tear over a 120-year lifetime. 

Ten new stations have been built from Paddington to Abbey Wood, each with their own distinct character, conceived by world-renowned architects to reflect the environment and heritage of the local area. For example, Paddington Elizabeth line station echoes the design legacy of Brunel’s existing building, while the new Farringdon station takes inspiration from the historic local trades of blacksmiths and goldsmiths, as well as the distinctive architecture of the Barbican.

At platform level, common design components such as seating, signage, full-height platform screen doors and curved, sweeping passageways create a consistent and familiar feel. Common design components were developed to be adaptable across the entire line, so that all stations have a familiar identity.

Hayes & Harlington Main Entrance Steps


Three-quarters of the Elizabeth line runs above ground on the existing rail network through outer London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Essex. 

When the Elizabeth line is fully open, passengers travelling from Reading and Heathrow in the west and from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east will be able to travel directly to stations in central London without needing to change trains.

Major improvements have been delivered at stations along the route by Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL) to provide step-free access, add new facilities and prepare the stations for the Elizabeth line. These improvements range from lengthening platforms, to new glass and steel ticket halls, refurbished toilets and waiting rooms. The vast majority of these works are now complete, with the remaining station upgrades due to be completed later in 2022.

TfL Image - Elizabeth line launch week images - Paddington station_344119


In addition to new stations and improvements to surface stations, works to improve the urban realm surrounding a number of stations have been carried out by TfL and local authorities in order to complement the new station facilities. These improvements include changes to road layouts and pavements, new trees, as well as public spaces and cycle parking. The key principles of the designs for these improvements aimed for: attractive, adaptable and sustainable spaces so their use can change over time; accessible, legible and free from clutter; and safe and secure. Importantly they also aimed to retain the identity, diversity and characteristics of local areas giving confidence to local communities and to potential investors. The majority of these works are now also complete.