Commuters, residents and visitors are set to benefit from a major upgrade to Tottenham Court Road – one of London’s busiest underground stations – which will boost capacity and ease congestion.
Over 150,000 people use the station every day, and passenger numbers are expected to surge to 200,000 with the opening of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station in 2017.
Co-ordinating all sub-consultants and architects, Halcrow has provided multidisciplinary design and planning consultancy services for the £300 million station upgrade.
Featuring passageways linking London Underground platforms with the Crossrail station, plus an enlarged ticket hall below busy London roads and Grade II listed buildings, the project represents a comprehensive modernisation.
Halcrow’s design for the refurbished station used a pedestrian modelling study to reduce travel distances between the ticket hall and platform levels. The modelling exercise also led to improved ticket hall and station entrance layout designs.
New escalators and step-free access will improve passengers’ travel experience. Halcrow’s state-of-the-art fire safety measures are designed to protect those using and working in the station, while a five-storey operations building will house staff accommodation.
Halcrow and its construction partners have produced guidance for safely constructing, testing and opening each part of the project to maintain services and reduce disruption, in keeping with the client's requirements.
Once complete, this integrated transport hub will play an integral role at the heart of the capital’s travel network.