Crossrail has unveiled new images that showcase the new stations in central and southeast London that will comprise part of Transport for London’s new Elizabeth line from December 2018.
The route will run through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018.
The images provide an opportunity to see the common features passengers will experience at platform level, in addition to the bespoke design of the ticket halls and surface areas that will be blend with the character of the local areas.
The new stations, which will offer full accessibility by being completely free from steps, are set to open in 2018 and will be fully integrated with Transport for London’s existing transport network.
Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive, Crossrail Limited, said: “World class design is at the heart of Crossrail and as the project approaches 75 per cent complete, these fantastic new images show passengers what they will experience when the Elizabeth line opens in 2018.”
Different architects have worked on the stations so that each will display its own individual character that will reflect the local areas heritage and environment.
Julian Robinson, Head of Architecture, Crossrail Limited, said: “The Crossrail project has worked with world-leading architects and designers to deliver a new railway that draws upon the fantastic transport architectural heritage of London and London Underground with each station reflecting the distinct character of the surrounding area and presenting a common line identity.”
An example of this can be seen at Paddington, which will pay homage to the design legacy of Brunel’s existing terminus building, while the new station at Farrington will be inspired by the historic local trades of blacksmiths and goldsmiths, as well as the unique architecture of the Barbican.
Platforms will see standard items such as seating; signage and full-height platform screens will match the rest of the TfL network. It is envisaged this will provide a contrast to the curved, sweeping passageway created during the construction of the tunnels.
The new design will look to keep the new stations clutter-free and simple to provide clear lines of sight along the platforms.
The new look will be completed by works of art that will be permanently be installed in many of the new central London stations.
The new designs can be seen in a new free exhibition called the ‘Platform for Design’ at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) together with architectural components to be seen at the stations. The exhibition will allow people to gain an understanding of the design of the new railway, its stations and public spaces.
Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “The TfL-run Elizabeth line will transform travel across London, reducing journey times, relieving congestion on the Tube network, and radically improving step-free access with brand new accessible stations. This exhibition will enable customers to really start to see what their new stations will look like when they open in 2018, giving a real insight into the huge transport improvements to come.”