The images are on display at the Royal Institute of British Architects as part of an exhibition that opens today. They show stations in central and southeast London that will form part of Transport for London’s new line from December 2018.
The ‘Platform for Design’ exhibition is intended to give an insight into the design of the new railway, its stations and public spaces.
Crossrail’s chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “World class design is at the heart of Crossrail and as the project approaches 75 per cent complete, these fantastic new images show passengers what they will experience when the Elizabeth Line opens in 2018.”
Mike Brown, London's transport commissioner, said: “The TfL-run Elizabeth Line will transform travel across London, reducing journey times, relieving congestion on the Tube network, and radically improving step-free access with brand new accessible stations. This exhibition will enable customers to really start to see what their new stations will look like when they open in 2018, giving a real insight into the huge transport improvements to come.”
Crossrail’s head of architecture Julian Robinson 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.”
Each of the new stations will have its own, distinct character, conceived by different architects and each is designed to reflect the environment and heritage of the local area. For example, the new Elizabeth line station at Paddington will echo the design legacy of Brunel’s existing terminus building.
The new Farringdon station 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 feel to the rest of the TfL network.