The Anonymous Widower

The Shape Of Things To Come

I visited the newly-reopened Tottenham Court Road station and took these pictures.

The pictures were taken in sequence. I arrived on a Northern Line train from Embankment, took the steps and long escalators to the enormous ticket hall, where I got sanother escalator to the station entrance, where you are delivered at pavement level. I then left on a 10 bus, from where I took the last pictures.

Obviously, there is still work to do, but you have to remember that this is perhaps a third of the station that will have been created by when Crossrail opens. The Central Line will be connected again, an entrance will be positioned by Centre Point and a new large entrance to the west in Dean Street is being built.

This Google Earth image shows the area around Soho Square.

The Soho Square Area

The Soho Square Area

Tottenham Court Road station and the iconic Centre Point at the top right corner and Dean Street to the left or west.

Note the distance between the two entrances, which emphasises how long the platforms are to accommodate two hundred metre long trains, that call at two hundred and sixty metre long platforms. Crossrail describes their new station with these points.

  1. 24 trains per hour service at peak times in each direction
  2. 260m – length of platform tunnels
  3. 25m – platform depth
  4. 102,000 passengers are estimated to use Crossrail station each day
  5. 40 utilities diverted in and around Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street
  6. 500,000 square feet of premium retail, office and residential accommodation created at eastern end of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road
  7. £1bn – total investment to build Crossrail station and upgrade capacity of existing Tube station

It is a massive project in its own right and will totally reform the area.

This new tube station is just the first manifestation. The first benefit other than better exit and exit to the Underground, will probably be lots of walking short cuts on the area, when it is busy or raining hard.


January 14, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. […] You might just have escalators ending level with the street and a simple glass front like the new Tottenham Court Road tube station. The money saved on the building could be used to add extra escalators and lifts. Perhaps on both […]

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  2. […] The new entrance on the corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, that I wrote about inThe Shape Of Things To Come. […]

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