London mayor Boris Johnson reopened Farringdon station’s London Underground entrance in the City of London yesterday following an eight week closure to restore and expand the grade II listed building.
Work to expand the station is part of the Thameslink Programme – allowing 50% longer trains to run through the capital. Client Network Rail worked with London Underground to install 36 ticket gates, 20 staircases, a footbridge, nine ticket machines, plus two entrances with ticket offices as well as restoring the old entrance.
The dramatic expansion is also in preparation for Farringdon becoming London’s newest transport hub where it will be the only station to directly connect Thameslink with Crossrail, due to open in 2018.
“From 2018 the revamped north – south Thameslink route will meet the new east – west Crossrail service, linking with existing Tube connections,” said Network Rail Farringdon project director Richard Walker. “With up to 24 trains an hour running in each direction on Thameslink and Crossrail, plus the Tube, Farringdon will be served by over 140 trains an hour.”