This grand engineering project will link up Moorgate and Liverpool Street with two mined platforms. This will provide direct interchange with the Northern, Central, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, as well as National Rail services to Stansted and Southend airports. Journey times from Liverpool St to Paddington will be 10 minutes, with extension of the line to Heathrow expected in the following phase of the project.
Apart from the extensive subterranean work, one area of concern is how the streets above ground will cope with the extra volume of people expected through the station.
New forecourts and plazas around each entrance will create pedestrian friendly, accessible spaces with wider pavements. This will maintain clear pedestrian flows in and out of the station.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with the City of London on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
The area has to deal with large numbers of servicing vehicles, taxis and buses. The arrival of Crossrail will see significant increases in pedestrian movements and modes of transport getting to and from the station.
The new public space on Liverpool Street will facilitate the free and easy movement of people, create conditions for waiting and simply enjoying the space, and allow the necessary vehicle access without spoiling the pedestrian experience.
The key proposal is to restrict road traffic in Liverpool Street between Old Broad Street and Blomfield Street, and create a consistent surface across the area using a palette of traditional materials in keeping with the prevailing City of London character. New seats will be introduced and all the principal pedestrian ‘desire lines’ across vehicle routes will be raised flush to increase pedestrian priority and improve accessibility.
*Information gathered from Crossrail and tfl.