The new-look stations due to arrive at 2018
Crossrail reveal designs for stops on Elizabeth line
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