The Anonymous Widower

A Walk From Moorgate To Liverpool Street Station

This morning, I walked from Moorgate to Liverpool Street station, when it was quiet.

I took a route through Finsbury Circus, and was thus able to look at the various Crossrail works in the area.

These are some comments about the area, often based on this page on the Crossrail web site, which details the urban realm around Crossrail stations in the City of London.


Moorgate station will be much changed from the current station.

Reading the Crossrail web site, gives the impression that the majority of passengers will generally walk to the station from perhaps their office, a bus or a taxi. This is said.

  • Reducing carriageway width in Moorgate and increasing footway space.
  • Introduction of a central pedestrian median in Moorgate to improve crossing at a key pedestrian crossing point and improve accessibility for all users.
  • A new pedestrianised public space will be created on Moorfields between New Union Street and London Wall, with access limited to emergency and service vehicles only.
  • Moorfields south of Moor Place will act as a ‘secure zone’    outside the new station entrance in which vehicles access will be controlled via station controlled retractable bollards.
  • Away from the raised carriageway areas regular kerb heights are retained in close proximity to the station entrance in Moorfields, Moorgate and Fore Street which allow for comfortable boarding of taxis via wheel chair ramps. The closest regular height kerbs to the station are located approximately 30m from the station entrance on Moorfields and Moorgate.

All is part of a wider plan in the City of London, which will probably result in a more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly city.

Buses On Moorgate

Nothing is said about buses on Moorgate, which are important to me, as they stop at the end of my road, with Northbound and Southbound stops within a hundred metres of my house.

I have two main bus routes, that will take me to and from Moorgate; the 21 and the 141.

I can remember as a child the London trolleybuses, one of which was the 641, which was replaced by the 141 bus.

This link shows where the Balls Pond Road and Mildmay Park cross about sixty years ago and the present day, perhaps seventy metres from my house.

I find it very convenient.

Moorgate is served by four main bus routes; the 21, 43, 76 and 141, all of which except the 76 go between Bank and Old Street stations.

I don’t know how the buses will be reorganised after Crossrail, but I suspect that the current stops will be used initially and only changed, when a new pattern of use emerges.

Crossrail and the Moorgate rebuild could effect the buses in several ways.

  • Many new passengers will get a bus to and from Moorgate.
  • I would suspect that Crossrail could cut the number of private cars in the centre of London.
  • The better walking route to Liverpool Street station in the dry, might mean more bus passengers.
  • The improved Great Northern Metro might increase or reduce passengers using the buses at Moorgate.
  • Moorgate’s taxi-friendly design, may mean the station get choked by back-cabs and Uber.

\the rebuilding of Bank and London Bridge stations will also have an effect.

I suspect Transport for London, suspect what is going to happen, but the reality will only be found, when all the new lines, stations and walking routes are open.

Finsbury Circus

Finsbury Circus is an oasis in the City and Crossrail will hand it back after completion, with a hopefully-tasteful ventilation shaft in the middle.

Black Redstarts

Black Redstarts are quite a rare bird in the UK, but it appears that London has a population.

A notice in Finsbury Circus Gardens gave more details.

The Central Line

The Central Line isn’t built deep under buildings in central London, but it goes under the roads. At Liverpool Street station, I get the impression that it ran between the station and the next door Broad  Street station (now Broadgate), before going South under Old Broad Street and then curving to the West under Throgmorton Street to go to Bank station.

You can get an impression of the depth of the Central Line from the length of the escalators at Liverpool Street station.

This extract taken from the Wikipedia entry for the Central London Railway, which was the predecessor of the Central Line, describes the construction of the tunnels.

To minimise the risk of subsidence, the routing of the tunnels followed the roads on the surface and avoided passing under buildings. Usually the tunnels were bored side by side 60–110 feet (18–34 m) below the surface, but where a road was too narrow to allow this, the tunnels were aligned one above the other, so that a number of stations have platforms at different levels. To assist with the deceleration of trains arriving at stations and the acceleration of trains leaving, station tunnels were located at the tops of slight inclines.

So you have a stack of lines and tunnels at Liverpool Street station.

  • Close to the surface is the Metropolitan and Circle Lines going across the front of the station, roughly East-West
  • 18-34 metres down the Central Line runs perpendicularly to the sub-surface lines.
  • Crossrail is the deepest line in an East-West direction.

Crossrail is also building a pedestrian walkway in an East-West direction, that goes under the Central Line and above the level of the Crossrail running tunnels.


October 2, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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