What's happening at Farringdon?

Farringdon station plan

Farringdon station handles millions of passengers every year and connects the Thameslink route with the London Underground. The station was built in 1863 and is Grade II listed. It is restricted by the number and length of trains that can run and space for passengers.

Network Rail has put passengers first by adapting our original plans to cater for Crossrail services now that this important scheme has been funded.

Our work has already increased the number of trains to south London and will be complete by spring 2012. In September 2009 we secured the required approvals from London Borough of Islington to extend the current station to a site on the other side of Cowcross Street. The new ticket hall will

  • Provide a unique link between Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground
  • Have long enough platforms to allow longer trains with more space for passengers to stop
  • Draw new people and businesses to the local area

Building the new ticket hall requires Network Rail to take down a number of vacant buildings. The last of these (the 12-storey Cardinal Tower on Cowcross Street) is due to be deconstructed by Spring 2010 allowing Network Rail to start laying foundations.

With 900 residents and almost 100 businesses in the local vicinity, Network Rail is working hard to keep people informed and to manage the work considerately. A recent survey has shown that 73% of local businesses feel well informed. The Farringdon Community Liaison Forum, which updates local representatives on Thameslink and Crossrail work, meets regularly and is chaired by Councillor Marisha Ray.

Farringdon interior Farringdon - Cowcross Street Farringdon - Turnmill Street