London’s Farringdon Station is set to become “one of the most important transport hubs in central London” by 2017, incorporating new Thameslink and Crossrail lines, and offering direct services to four of London’s airports.
The station is currently served by the Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith and City underground lines, as well as First Capital Connect rail services. But the central London facility is key to plans for the forthcoming Crossrail and Thameslink services, with a new integrated ticket hall approved by Islington Council this week, which will link north-south and east-west journeys across London.
Once all the works are completed the redeveloped station will provide direct services to four of London’s airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and London City), as well as connecting Crossrail with St Pancras International for Eurostar services.
Commenting on the news of the approved ticket hall, Network Rail’s programme manager Richard Walker said: “Our new station at Farringdon puts passengers first, making it easier to change between trains in a much improved environment.
“Bringing together Thameslink services, Crossrail and connections to the tube is common sense. It shows that Network Rail is planning for the future, and working closely with Transport for London and Crossrail Ltd.”
Report by Mark Caswell