Network Rail has won backing for the renovation of Farringdon station, which will be a key London interchange between London Underground, the £5.5bn Thameslink upgrade and £16bn Crossrail project.
Plans for a new integrated ticket hall were approved by Islington Council last week and work will begin almost immediately.
Network Rail’s programme manager Richard Walker said: “Our new station at Farringdon puts passengers first, making it easier to change between trains in a much improved environment.
“Bringing together Thameslink services, Crossrail and connections to the tube is common sense. It shows that Network Rail is planning for the future, and working closely with Transport for London and Crossrail Ltd.”
Director of strategy and service development at London Underground, John Ball, said: “By 2017, Farringdon will have been transformed into one of the most important transport hubs in central London. Served by Thameslink, Crossrail and Tube services, passengers will benefit from the ability to make north-south and east-west journeys across London.
“Together the work to upgrade the Tube and Thameslink and build Crossrail will be critical to provide the additional transport capacity needed to support London’s future growth and success.”
Four of the capital’s major airports will become accessible directly from Farringdon as they sit on either the Thameslink or Crossrail routes, turning Farringdon into a major transport hub.
A new entrance and passenger footbridge opened at Farringdon in March 2009 and more train services are already able to travel south from the station.
By 2012 longer trains will be able to stop at Farringdon station, meaning more room for passengers and a new pedestrian space will be created outside the station.
Station plans include an eco-friendly brown roof.