Stunning artwork revealed for Crossrail’s new Farringdon station
Crossrail has unveiled images of new artwork by British artist Simon Periton, which will welcome passengers into the western entrance of the new Elizabeth line station at Farringdon when it opens in December 2018. Inspired by the nearby Hatton Garden diamond district, the artwork supersizes Periton’s practice of creating delicate paper-cut outs, with the design digitally printed across 45 glass panels lining the station to create a huge glazed frieze.

Periton is also creating a work of art for the station’s eastern ticket hall, over 350 metres away on Lindsey Street, near the Barbican Centre. That artwork will see the exterior glazing on three sides of the building feature an intricate pattern that reflects the elaborate Victorian metalwork of the historic Smithfield Market directly opposite.

“I’m really looking forward to finally seeing all the glazed artwork panels installed across both ticket halls at Farringdon station. It’s been a long, detailed process from my initial proposals through all the testing stages working towards fabrication and installation,” said Periton.

Major works of public art are being integrated into many of the new Elizabeth line stations as part of the Crossrail Art Programme, a line-wide exhibition designed to reflect the ambition of London’s newest railway and the communities it serves.

Coventry Station redevelopment continues to take shape
The Coventry Station Masterplan, which will transform part of the city centre, continues to take shape with new images released of the £82 million plan to regenerate the fastest growing station outside of London. Working in partnership with Network Rail, Virgin Trains, Transport for West Midlands, Friargate Coventry LPP and other stakeholders, Coventry City Council’s project includes creating a second footbridge to connect all four platforms and extend the platforms, a second entrance onto Warwick Road with step-free access to all platforms and a multi-storey car-park for 644 vehicles. A bus interchange will also be built connected to the station building via a new access tunnel under Warwick Road.

Jonathan Browning, chair of the CWLEP, said the Coventry Station Masterplan would transform this area of the city. “The Coventry Station Masterplan will improve connections with other towns in the area and ease congestion. It will also generate jobs and improve the first impression of Coventry for the millions of passengers who arrive annually in the city whether that is for business or leisure.”

Keep passengers charged
Following successful use of electric vehicle (EV) charging points at a selection of its busiest station car parks, Southern Rail is upgrading its free-to-use charging infrastructure across 23 sites. A deal has been signed signed with charging company Pod Point to refresh its stock of 48 units. The existing stock of EV charging units have been replaced by Pod Point’s state-of-theart Open Charge points. These are next generation and are reliable, open to all, do not require membership or radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards and can be accessed via Pod Point’s mobile application. Colin Morris, Head of Safety and Environment at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “This project is a key part of our environmental strategy for Southern, and demonstrates to our passengers that we are seriously committed to sustainable travel. Among a raft of improvements, the upgrade project will see the power supply upgraded, meaning quicker charging, as well as the addition of a simpler interface to improve the customer experience.”