Elizabeth line stations to reflect the unique architecture of their surroundings
Stunning new designs of some of the new Elizabeth line stations in central and southeast London have been revealed at an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The ‘Platform for Design’ exhibition is open until 5:00pm on 14 June and provides a preview of the design concepts behind the new railway and its public spaces.

Each of the new stations will have its own distinct character. Conceived by different architects, each will reflect the environment and heritage of the local area. For example, the new station at Paddington will echo the design legacy of Brunel’s existing terminus building, while Farringdon will take inspiration from the historic local trades of blacksmiths and goldsmiths, as well as the distinctive architecture of the Barbican.

At platform level, common design components such as seating, signage and full-height platform screen doors will create a consistent and familiar feel to the rest of the TfL network. This common architecture will accentuate the curved, sweeping passageways created during the construction of the tunnels. The design approach aims for simplicity and clarity by reducing visual clutter as far as possible to provide clear lines of sight along the platforms.

Julian Robinson, head of architecture, Crossrail Limited, said: “The Crossrail project has worked with world-leading architects and designers to deliver a new railway that draws upon the fantastic transport architectural heritage of London and London Underground with each station reflecting the distinct character of the surrounding area and presenting a common line identity.”

Local campaign leads to reopening of Lea Bridge station
After a five-year campaign, and some 31 years after it was originally closed, Lea Bridge station in Waltham Forest has reopened.

The initial campaign to reopen it began in 2011 when transport officers in neighbouring Hackney Council, working on London 2012 and its legacy, found that there was £5m funding available from the developers of Stratford City’s Westfield who were keen to expand their rail catchment northwards up the Lea Valley.

Railfuture provided a grant which allowed the local Chingford Line Users’ Association to hire Jonathan Roberts Consulting to make the case for the station. His report also made the case for a third track on the Lea Valley line which would enable the train service frequency at the station to double to quarter-hourly each way.

Waltham Forest Council successfully applied and received New Stations funding from the Department for Transport, and committed some of its own limited resources to the project.

Now, located in an area of limited public transport access, the reopened station is just 5 minutes by train from two Tube stations giving direct links straight to the heart of the capital’s West End.

The third track is due to be completed by Network Rail in time for the doubled train frequency planned for December 2018.

Acton Main Line station rebuild gets the green light
Ealing Council has approval designs for a modern new station building at Acton Main Line, following submission of the plans in March.

Improvements include extending the platforms to accommodate 200m trains, a striking new glass and steel ticket hall designed by Bennetts Associates, a new platform canopy, and lifts for step-free access to both platforms.

The transformation will be carried out by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project. The station will remain open throughout with construction taking place behind hoardings.

From the end of 2017 the station will be run by TfL as part of London’s integrated transport network, operating four Elizabeth Line services an hour in each direction.