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Farringdon link is go with Crossrail

Network Rail has secured approval from Islington Council for its plans for an interchange between Thameslink and Crossrail services at Farringdon station in central London. Work will begin immediately on a new integrated ticket hall.

The interchange will offer Crossrail passengers a link to the St Pancras International and stations to Luton and Bedford and Brighton. The new ticket hall will also be used for access to London Underground services. Islington Council approved the plans after consulting local people.

Network Rail programme manager Richard Walker said the two operators were taking a “joint approach to the logistics” of the ticket hall. “This will mean we don’t preclude Crossrail in any way and they can build on from where we leave off,” he said. “We’re now coming to the end of our design period for Farringdon.”

He said the updated plans for the ticket hall will keep to the original timescale and budget, bringing “no additional cost for Thameslink”. The ticket hall will be operational by December 2011, shortly after Crossrail construction at Farringdon is scheduled to begin.

“This will mean we don’t preclude Crossrail in any way and they can build on from where we leave off.”

Richard Walker, Network Rail

“Bringing together Thameslink services, Crossrail and connections to the Tube is common sense,” said Walker. “It shows that Network Rail is planning for the future, and working closely with Transport for London and Crossrail.”

London Underground director of strategy and service development John Ball said Farringdon would become “one of the most important transport hubs in central London” by 2017.

“Passengers will benefit from the ability to make north-south and east-west journeys across London,” he said. The southern ticket hall will also have an eco-friendly roof and it is thought the redevelopment could stimulate wider regeneration in the area.

The £5.5bn Thameslink Programme will also see Farringdon’s Thameslink platforms extended southwards to accommodate longer 12 car trains by 2012.

Thameslink timeline

22 March 2009

  • Preparatory work finished ready for stations at Farringdon and Blackfriars to be redesigned/redeveloped
  • Moorgate branch closes
  • New direct destinations
  • Double the number of trains (up to 15 per hour) will begin arriving at Blackfriars and City Thameslink stations in the rush hour, matching that of St Pancras and Farringdon

December 2011

  • Farringdon, Blackfriars and most stations on the Thameslink route capable of taking 50% longer, 12-carriage trains plus the capability for these to leave central London stations up to 16 times an hour at peak times

End of 2015

  • London Bridge redeveloped
  • New fleet of trains
  • Up to 24 trains per hour at peak times through central London

£5.5bn

Total cost of Thameslink

2015

New fleet of Thameslink trains

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