With the existing Tube lines, Crossrail and Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme, Farringdon will become a key strategic travel hub. Together these two projects will provide three new ticket halls, increased capacity, reduced congestion within the existing station and new journey opportunities with excellent airport connections and links to St. Pancras International.
“Farringdon Station will be one of London’s major rail interchange stations. Uniquely, it will link the east-west axis of Crossrail with the north-south rail axis of the enhanced Thameslink line. It also links directly with four of London’s airports – Heathrow, Luton, London City and Gatwick, and to London Underground’s Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines,” explains Tim Grimshaw, Crossrail Central project manager for Farringdon.
The Crossrail station platforms will be built underground between Farringdon Road and Charterhouse Square, offering interchanges with Thameslink and the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Tube lines. Step-free access between the street and Crossrail platforms will be provided.
The western entrance on the south side of Cowcross Street will be shared with the new Thameslink station. The demolition of Cardinal House on Farringdon Road will provide space for interchanges between the Thameslink and Crossrail platforms.
The eastern ticket hall will be near the Barbican and integrated with the existing
LU Tube station at Barbican. It will be located on a site surrounded by Hayne Street, Long Lane, Lindsey Street and Charterhouse Street, with an entrance on Long Lane.
Tony Lloyd, client package representative – Farringdon at Crossrail explains that both stations, especially Farringdon, offer tremendous opportunities in terms of regeneration and investment for surrounding areas. “The new Crossrail stations are designed to sympathetically integrate with the existing transport infrastructure while enhancing accessibility – in terms of creating faster, easier connections as well as improving passenger experience within stations.”
CABE have made a review of the current proposals - see link