Plans for a new larger station building and long platforms have been submitted to the London Borough of Redbridge in preparation for the start of Elizabeth line services.
From May 2017, the first new trains will be progressively introduced between Shenfield in Essex and Liverpool Street main line station in London. From May 2019, up to 12 Elizabeth line trains an hour will allow passengers from Ilford to travel through central London.
Crossrail surface director Matthew White said: “These major improvements will make travelling through Ilford station a vastly better experience for the many thousands of people who use it every day. The proposals for the striking façade and new, spacious ticket hall are designed to underline the importance of the station and of the Elizabeth line to the local area.”
Mark Woodcock, associate architect at Atkins, which has designed the new station building, said: “The new station design seeks to become the starting point for a wider regeneration plan for the London Borough of Redbridge. It is designed to be a significant presence, not only visible from Cranbrook Road, but also from Balfour Road and Ilford Hill, from where the station with its sloping and projecting curved roofline and glazed lift tower is intended to act as a common converging point from these routes.”