Monday 6 Feb 2012


South East

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was one of the first to use the newly reopened London Underground entrance at Farringdon following an eight-week closure to restore and expand this grade II listed station.

As part of the Thameslink Programme, Network Rail have worked with London Underground to deliver 36 new ticket gates, 20 new staircases, one new footbridge, nine new ticket machines, two new entrances with two new ticket offices and this restored entrance.

Standing in the newly reopened ticket hall, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Farringdon Station has already undergone a massive transformation, with a brand new ticket hall up and running, renovations to the entrances and many more improvements still to come. We are making vast essential upgrades to the transport infrastructure in the capital. By the time of the Olympics, this station will also be fully accessible with five new lifts, and before too long Crossrail will interchange here too, making millions of journeys easier for passengers."

This dramatic expansion is in preparation for Farringdon station becoming London’s newest transport hub as it will be the only station where London’s two biggest transport improvement programmes will meet.

Network Rail’s project director for Farringdon, Richard Walker, said: "From 2018 the revamped north – south Thameslink route will meet the new east – west Crossrail service, linking with existing Tube connections. With up to 24 trains an hour running in each direction on Thameslink and Crossrail, plus the Tube, Farringdon will be served by over 140 trains an hour.”

The Thameslink Programme is key for the future of London, allowing 50% longer trains to run, taking pressure off the Tube and delivering thousands more seats for commuter’s everyday.

London Underground’s programme sponsor for Thameslink, Jon Kirkup, said: “The new Farringdon Station will be a huge leap forward in integrating transport in London and providing another major rail transport hub for travellers. London Underground is more than ready to play its part in taking them to and from their destinations throughout the capital.”

Farringdon will provide links to three of London’s major airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton, plus St Pancras International for Eurostar services, all while drastically reducing journey times.

Notes to editors

2012 is a landmark year for the capital’s railway. Not only does a successful Olympic Games depend on well built, planned and run infrastructure but a number of Network Rail’s biggest projects see significant completion before the summer.

February 2012
- New Blackfriars London Underground station opens, improvements include step-free access between the tube and Thameslink services

March 2012
- A spectacular new concourse for Kings Cross opens

April 2012
- Farringdon new London Underground heritage shop fronts unveiled following restoration

Pre London 2012
- Blackfriars new London landmark station spanning the Thames is complete
- New concourse at London Bridge station opens as part of the Shard redevelopment
- Farringdon becomes step-free for the first time with 5 new lifts

Mid 2013
- Kings Cross redevelopment is complete as a new public square the size of Leicester Square opens and the 1970’s façade is removed, revealing the original heritage architecture

2013 onwards
- Major redevelopment of London Bridge station unlocking the full potential of the Thameslink Route and other services using that station

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - South East route
020 3357 7969

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk