A major overhaul of Ilford station as part of the Crossrail programme has been given the go-ahead by Redbridge Council.
The proposals, submitted by Network Rail in October, include a new, bright, spacious building with a glass façade, a new larger ticket hall with a wide entrance and more ticket gates, and new lifts providing step-free access from street level to all platforms.
Further improvements will also be delivered to prepare the station for Elizabeth line services including longer platforms, improved lighting, signage, customer information points, CCTV and overhead information screens.
Crossrail said that detailed design is underway, and the contract for the construction of the station will be awarded by Network Rail this year. Work is expected to start in early 2018 and to take around 18 months.
Transport for London (TfL) recently opened a new ticket hall at Ilford station as part of its station upgrades. The London Borough of Redbridge said that it was also carrying out improvements to the appearance of the area around the station as part of work to improve public spaces.
From May 2017, the first new trains will be progressively introduced between Shenfield in Essex and Liverpool Street main line station. From May 2019, up to 12 Elizabeth line trains an hour will take passengers from Ilford to central London.
“The striking façade, spacious ticket hall and new lifts will making travelling through Ilford station a vastly improved experience for the thousands of passengers who use it every day,” said Crossrail surface director Matthew White.
Network Rail Crossrail programme director Matthew Steele said: “We are delivering major upgrades to the track, signalling and stations between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield to prepare for the introduction of new trains from May. The approval of the proposed design for a new station building at Ilford is another major milestone in the transformation of this vital stretch of railway.”