Striking new ceilings are unveiled at Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth line stations
The construction of the new architectural ceilings at Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth line stations has been completed. The precast concrete ceilings were designed to represent the stations’ locations and users, and were manufactured offsite and installed in segments.

At Farringdon, over 100 diamond-shaped concrete segments, precast by Evans Concrete in Alfreton, Derbyshire, were pieced together to create a dramatic lattice roof inspired by the historic Hatton Garden jewellery quarter located opposite the station.

The 25 metre wide ceiling, which weighs over 360 tonnes, is suspended from above to create a cathedral-like entrance that will welcome passengers travelling down to the new Elizabeth line platforms from the western ticket hall.

At Liverpool Street, the ticket halls at either end of the station have grooved, angled ceilings that have been designed to reflect the traditional pin striped suits of City workers.

The precast concrete segments that form the new ceilings were produced at Laing O’Rourke’s offsite manufacturing facility in Steetley, near Worksop, which also made the 825 structural components that form the line’s new Custom House station.

Once the line opens in December 2018 it will carry over 200m passengers per year, adding 10% capacity to central London’s rail network.

Two new stations opened in the north
Network Rail has completed the construction of 2 new stations in the north of England in collaboration with regional stakeholders. Ilkeston station in Derbyshire and Low Moor station in West Yorkshire will serve areas that have not been connected to the rail network for over 50 years.

The new station at Ilkeston was funded by Derbyshire County Council and will be managed by East Midlands Trains. Low Moor station was funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and will be managed by Northern. Low Moor is the third new station to be opened in West Yorkshire in the last 18 months, the others being at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge.

Glasgow Queen Street station to get a facelift
Scottish Parliament has passed a Transport and Works Scotland Order, which will enable the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen station, giving one of Scotland’s key rail hubs a major facelift.

The enhancements are designed to enable the station to accommodate longer more economical Class 385 trains and increase capacity to meet future growth in passenger numbers.

In addition to lengthening platforms, the station will also be modernised with an expanded concourse, and improved access and passenger facilities.

The Scottish Government is committing over £5bn to rail improvements across the current funding period, including new Class 385 trains and a full fleet refurbishment.

Business case for Stirling station revamp
The ScotRail Alliance and Stirling Council, have submitted a business case to Transport Scotland outlining its plans for the redevelopment of Stirling Station which they believe should ‘fixing the link’ between the station, city centre and bus station. If approved, the work will be funded by the ScotRail Alliance, Stirling Council and the Scottish Stations Fund, working collaboratively.

The aim is to create a new public space in front of the station, significantly reducing vehicular traffic and enhancing links between the station, city centre and bus station. Proposed improvements to station facilities include enhanced cycle parking, retail space and a new sleeper service guest lounge.