Crossrail unveils striking new Tottenham Court Road station design to transform West End and Soho

Tuesday 2nd November 2010

By Ankeeta Munsi

Tottenham Court Road Station - Western Ticket Hall, indicative image Oct 2010

Crossrail today unveiled striking new designs for Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station, one of the biggest stations on the Crossrail route. The updated designs not only provide Londoners with a first glimpse of the new station but also an indication of the scale of the station's eventual size. The new Crossrail station will be integrated with the Tube station to form a combined station that will stretch from Soho to Centre Point.

  • Tottenham Court Road station will be gateway to West End with entrances at Centre Point, Oxford Street and Soho
  • New station will transform the Tottenham Court Road area and help drive further investment and regeneration
  • A £1bn investment will deliver new Crossrail station and major redevelopment of existing Tube station  

Over the last year Crossrail architects Hawkins Brown have been busy finalising the design for the new Crossrail station which will transform the daily commute for passengers when Crossrail opens, provide additional access to the West End and act as a trigger for further regeneration in the surrounding area. A planning application containing the updated Crossrail designs will shortly be submitted to Westminster City Council for consideration with a final decision expected later this year. Further updated design images for other key Crossrail stations will be unveiled this autumn.

Crossrail will cut journey times from the West End to many destinations. Paddington will be just 5 minutes away, Ealing Broadway 15 minutes, Heathrow 30 minutes, Canary Wharf 12 minutes and Ilford 23 minutes. The Crossrail service at Tottenham Court Road will be 24 trains per hour in each direction during the peak.

When Crossrail opens Tottenham Court Road will be one of the most important transport hubs in the West End as it will serve both Crossrail and London Underground. The existing Tube station is being extensively redeveloped to make the ticket hall around six times larger and the station will have twice the capacity that it does now. The redeveloped Tube station will eventually connect with the new Crossrail station to form one integrated station. The combined Tube and Crossrail station will have two ticket halls - both entrances will provide access to Tube and Crossrail services.

The new Crossrail station will be constructed on a site bound by Oxford Street to the north, Great Chapel Street to the west, Dean Street to the east and Diadem Court to the south. The station will be constructed with five levels with the ticket hall at street level; it is designed in such a way as to ensure the free flowing movement of passengers entering and exiting the station, thus reducing congestion and crowding. The new Crossrail station will also benefit from step-free access.

At more than 993 feet in length the combined Tottenham Court Road Tube and Crossrail station will require entrances in two of London's main destination areas - Soho and Oxford Street - along with an entrance at Centre Point. The new station entrances at Centre Point will be a key design feature of the new public piazza and create a distinctive new landmark for the West End. Made of glass, these new step-free entrances will open up the station by allowing natural light into the levels below. 

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: “Crossrail is an exciting project which will boost rail capacity in London by 10 per cent, revolutionise travel around London and the South East and benefit both business and passengers.”

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's transport adviser, said: “Crossrail is more than just a transport project as these designs prove. As well as being a fantastic feat of subterranean engineering, the new station will transform the look and feel of the public realm surrounding the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street.”

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “The striking designs for Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station will soon become a reality as preparatory construction work is now underway ahead of the start of main works in 2011. As the gateway to the West End and Soho, the station will be one of the most important on the Crossrail route and will be constructed on a scale similar to those on the Jubilee Line Extension. This will ensure the station meets the needs of Londoners, commuters and visitors to the capital for generations to come.

“A new Crossrail station combined with a major redevelopment of the existing Tube station will transform the Tottenham Court Road area and act as a catalyst for further investment securing the West End's position as a premier shopping and entertainment destination and major employment centre.”

The design for Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station also makes provision for the early implementation of an over site development which will be the subject of a separate planning application in late 2010. Plans for the major redevelopment of the Tube station also include provision for the construction of an over-site development which will be led by Derwent London as the freeholder of the Astoria site.

Tottenham Court Road station, which originally opened in 1900, is currently used by 150,000 passengers each day and that number is expected to rise to over 200,000 when Crossrail services commence.

In total, £1bn is being spent to build a new Crossrail station, upgrade the capacity of the Tube station and create a new piazza outside Centre Point. The transport improvements will also provide better facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, bus passengers and other road users.


For further information

Ankeeta Munsi, Press Office, Crossrail on 020 3229 9552 or email


Notes to Editors

  • Main construction work for Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station will get underway in 2011.
  • New Crossrail central route stations will be constructed at Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel.
  • The design contract for Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station (Western Ticket Hall) was awarded to consultants Arup/Atkins with Hawkins Brown as architects. .
  • Construction for the major Tube station redevelopment (Eastern Ticket Hall) is now underway.
  • Separate construction contracts will be let by Crossrail next year for the Western Ticket Hall which will connect to the expanded Tube station to form one integrated station.
  • A Schedule 7 planning application for the Tottenham Court Road Western Ticket Hall will shortly be submitted to Westminster City Council. A Schedule 7 application is a statement that provides Westminster City Council with supporting information and design details to assist with the determination.
  • In July 2009 Westminster City Council's planning sub-committee approved a planning brief (Tottenham Court Road West) covering the new Crossrail station.
  • This was subsequently incorporated into official local planning policy in September 2009. The planning brief outlines the Council's aspirations for this area and provides an indication of future development that would be permitted. Further briefs were agreed by Westminster City Council for the Crossrail construction sites at Bond Street and Paddington.
  • The design, appearance, access, transport and public realm proposals for the Western Ticket Hall for Tottenham Court Road fulfil requirements set out in the Planning Brief for Tottenham Court Station (Western Ticket Hall) adopted by Westminster City Council in September 2009.
  • The planning brief for Tottenham Court Road (West) requires that new buildings on both the northern and southern blocks of the Western Ticket Hall sites must reflect the height, scale and character of the Soho Conservation Area, relate to the adjacent buildings and townscape, and take account of their impact on adjacent residential units and their amenity.
  • A separate planning brief for Tottenham Court Road East covering the Astoria site was also approved by Westminster City Council's planning sub-committee in July 2009. This was subsequently incorporated into official local planning policy in September 2009.
  • The Tottenham Court Road Eastern Ticket Hall will be built by London Underground below Charing Cross Road and in front of Centre Point. The expanded station will have entrances on Oxford Street, the Dominion Theatre corner and from a new piazza created outside Centre Point. There will be step free access from the ticket hall to the platform.

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy, resulting in a £17bn tax boost for the Treasury. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7000 jobs created indirectly.

Crossrail is delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

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