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Crossrail unveils new station designs

Images of new Crossrail stations in central and south-east London have been revealed for the first time.

Each of the stations have been designed by different architects, will be step-free from train to street, will open in 2018 and be fully integrated with Transport for London’s existing transport network. 

The new designs are on display in a new free exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects alongside architectural components destined for the stations. 

Crossrail 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.”

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 station will take on different hallmarks.

For example, the new station at Paddington will echo the design legacy of Brunel’s existing terminus building, while 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.

The TfL-run stations, the surrounding public realm and the oversite developments have all been designed at the same time.  

Permanent works of art will also be installed into many of the new central London stations. 

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