The new-look sta­tions due to ar­rive at 2018

Cross­rail re­veal de­signs for stops on El­iz­a­beth line

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

CROSS­RAIL Limited has re­vealed new im­ages show­ing how some of the sta­tions that will form part of Trans­port for Lon­don’s (TfL) new El­iz­a­beth line from De­cem­ber 2018, will look.

The im­ages of the new sta­tions pro­vide a glimpse of the com­mon fea­tures pas­sen­gers will see at plat­form level, as well as the be­spoke de­sign of the ticket halls and sur­face ar­eas which will re­flect the char­ac­ter of their lo­cal ar­eas.

Work is un­der way on the line, which will con­nect Read­ing to east Lon­don, pass­ing through Hilling­don, Eal­ing and Padding­ton.

Res­i­dents near the tracks have been warned of po­ten­tial noisy night-time work dur­ing con­struc­tion.

The new sta­tions, all of which will be step-free from train to street, will be fully in­te­grated with TfL’s ex­ist­ing trans­port net­work, trans­form­ing travel across Lon­don and of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers seam­less jour­neys.

An­drew Wol­sten­holme, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cross­rail Ltd, said: “World class de­sign is at the heart of Cross­rail and as the project ap­proaches 75%, these fan­tas­tic new im­ages show pas­sen­gers what they will ex­pe­ri­ence when the El­iz­a­beth line opens in 2018.”

The de­signs are on dis­play in a new free ex­hi­bi­tion at the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA) along­side ar­chi­tec­tural com­po­nents des­tined for the sta­tions. The ‘Plat­form for De­sign’ ex­hi­bi­tion will give an in­sight into the de­sign of the new rail­way, its sta­tions and public spa­ces.

Lon­don Trans­port Com­mis­sioner Mike Brown MVO 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, giv­ing a real in­sight into the huge trans­port im­prove­ments.”

Cross­rail Ltd says each of the new sta­tions will have its own, dis­tinct char­ac­ter, con­ceived by dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tects and each will re­flect the en­vi­ron­ment and her­itage of the lo­cal area, with the sta­tion at Padding­ton echo­ing the de­sign legacy of Brunel’s ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nus build­ing.

At plat­form level, the de­sign will have a fa­mil­iar feel to the rest of the TfL net­work for ‘sim­plic­ity and clar­ity by re­duc­ing vis­ual clut­ter’ to pro­vide clear lines of sight along the plat­forms.

The TfL-run sta­tions, the sur­round­ing public realm and the over­site de­vel­op­ments have all been de­signed at the same time. This in­te­grated ap­proach en­sures co­her­ent de­signs that knit the new sta­tions into their sur­round­ings.

Per­ma­nent works of art will also be in­stalled in many of the new cen­tral Lon­don sta­tions. Each new art­work will be fully in­te­grated with the sta­tion, en­hanc­ing its de­sign to cre­ate a line-wide ex­hi­bi­tion.

n NEW DE­SIGNS: Above, how Padding­ton Sta­tion ticket hall will look in 2018 and be­low, plat­form level – the de­signs are on dis­play at RIBA

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