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Farringdon Station

Published on 19 February 2013 at 11:24

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Farringdon Station is being given a massive overhaul by Network Rail as part of the north-south Thameslink Programme and with 160 trains an hour in the peak it will become the capital’s newest transport hub.  The station first opened in 1863 as the terminus of the world’s first underground railway, it has been designed with careful consideration of the Grade II listed heritage features and buildings whilst incorporating new contemporary interventions. Works were undertaken whilst the station was operational requiring careful planning and undertaking of all works (temporary and permanent) so as not to disrupt the running of the railway and keep disruption to passenger  journey’s  to a minimum whilst keeping passenger flows moving, especially during the peak periods.

Works include a new ticket hall to service Thameslink and Crossrail with extended platforms enabling the new 12 carriage trains to enter service.   The Underground entrance has been restored and widened and includes new ticketing facilities.  A new concourse on Turnmill Street linking to a new footbridge and the restored Underground entrance creates extra capacity for passengers.  An extended train shed roof encourages people to use the full length of the platforms. New lifts will allow step-free access for the first time.    Passengers will benefit from 36 new ticket gates, 20 new staircases, a new footbridge, 9 new ticket machines, 2 new ticket offices, and 3 new entrances. From 2018 it will be the only station where Thameslink, Crossrail and Underground services meet.  

AIS were appointed by Network Rail to work as an integral part of a Network Rail Team and on behalf of Network Rail to provide compliance engineering and assurance across a range of asset areas  including monitoring of works and asset protection on the Thameslink Programme  (Blackfriars and Farringdon Station Redevelopments and the new Borough Viaduct).  

Photo credit: Network Rail

AIS Services: Compliance Engineering

Design Team: Aktins

Awards: CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Award 2013 - Ecology and Biodiversity (Winner),  CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards 2013 - Historic Environment (Highly commended)