Elizabeth line finally coming to Farringdon

Crossrail station with 300-metre platform set to open its doors

Friday, 8th April — By Anna Lamche


A DECADE in the making, Farringdon’s Elizabeth line station is finally set to open its doors to commuters this summer.

It will be one of the first ten stations to open on the central section of the line, which will eventually run from Reading to Shenfield in Essex.

Crossrail has been described by architects as “a megalopolis of engineering,” with Farringdon station’s 300 metre platform set to be the longest on the new line.

“The station length is the height of The Shard,” said artist Simon Periton, who has been commissioned to create a series of artworks or the station. “It’s crazy, all of the Elizabeth line trains are [made up of] 15 carriages.”

These trains will carry up to 1,500 passengers – almost twice as many as current tube trains.

Those travelling through the western ticket hall will be greeted by vistas of giant, tumbling gems in a new art­work by Mr Periton, commis­sioned by the Crossrail Art Foundation. These diamond-shaped lattices are a nod to the nearby historic Hatton Garden diamond district.

In the eastern ticket hall, panels of glass are glazed with intricate patterns, referencing “the fauna and flora sold traditionally in the market,” Mr Periton said.

Commuters will soon be able to see the art for themselves: at Farringdon station, the Elizabeth line, which was first dreamed up 33 years ago, and has since cost the UK £18.25 billion, will open “before the end of June,” Transport for London said.

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