The Anonymous Widower

Ducking And Diving Between Crossrail And The Central Line

There are stations that Crossrail and the Central Line have in common.

Ealing Broadway

Ealing Broadway station is one of the Western termini of the Central Line.

But is isn’t particularly well arranged to allow a fast interchange.

The change between an Eastbound Crossrail train and the Central Line is easy and is just a walk across of a few metres.

However, changing between a Westbound train and the Central Line involves a trip over a bridge.

Bond Street

Bond Street station links both lines to the Jubilee Line.

The change between Crossrail and the Jubilee Line looks to be easy, provided you are at the Western end of a Crossrail train.

The change between Crossrail and the Central Line, also has the Western end advice and also needs a lengththy walk underground.

A Look At Bond Street Station gives more details, of the various connections.

I do think that regular users of the new Bond Street station, with its three lines and multiple entrances spread over a wide area, will quickly learn that they will need to get off at the right end of a train and use the correct entrance.


This map from Westminster Council shows the station entrances.

Bond Street Station Entrances

Bond Street Station Entrances

The station entrances are as follows.

  • A – Northern Underground entrance.
  • B – Davies Street Crossrail entrance
  • C – Hanover Square Crossrail entrance.

A few thoughts.


  • As it looks like Hanover Square will be returned to its original state, it would appear that the Hanover Square entrance to Bond Street station, will be an entrance with a garden.
  • Fenwicks, Hamleys, John Lewis and Libertys, which are in a ring around Hanover Square will probably be best reached using the Hanover Square entrance.
  • Walking between Oxford Street station and the Hanover Square entrance isn’t too taxing, but it could be improved by wider pavements and more pedestrianisation.

The biggest change at the Eastern end will occur, when and if TfL decide to make Oxford Street station step-free.

This map from shows the various lines from Bond Street to Tottenham Court Road.

Bond Street, Oxford Street And Tottenham Court Road Stations

Bond Street, Oxford Street And Tottenham Court Road Stations

It would appear that the Bakerloo Line goes under Regent Street with the Central Line under Oxford Street.


  • Could it be possible to dig a new entrance, with lifts and escalators down to the deep level lines from the South West corner of Oxford Circus?
  • It it was feasible, it might even be possible to build the entrance, without disturbing the current station.
  • The entrance would be a short walk to Hanover Square.
  • Crossrail would gain the missing link to the Victoria Line.

The solution will depend heavily on the development in the area.

Tottenham Court Road

A lot of what is said for Bond Street, can also be said for Tottenham Court Road station..

  • It is a double-ended station, with lots of entrances.
  • It connects Crossrail and the Central Line to an important North-South line; the Charing Cross Branch of the Northern Line.
  • It will bring hoards of shoppers to a hopefully pedestrianised Oxford Street.

I said more in The Double-Ended Tottenham Court Road Crossrail Station.

I’m not sure how difficult the interchange will be between the Crossrail and the Central Line will be at Tottenham Court Road, but I suspect that the unknowledgeable traveller, at the wrong end of a Crossrail train, might have a long walk.

Certainly, travellers changing to the Northern Line at Tottenham Court Road, will probably find they need to be at the Eastern end of the Crossrail train.

Liverpool Street

Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations share a  massive Crossrail station, that I wrote about in Liverpool Street Station Disentagled.

When travelling on Crossrail and changing at this station, you’ll need the Western end of the train for.

  • Moorgate Main Line Trains, which will become the Great Northern Metro.
  • Northern Line

And the Eastern end for.

  • Central Line
  • Liverpool Street Main Line Trains

It would appear, that Circle, District and Metropolitan Lines will be easily accessible from both ends of the Crossrail train.

Get it wrong and you could have an unexpected two hundred metre walk.

This map from shows the layout of lines at Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations.

Lines At Moorgate And Liverpool Street Stations

Lines At Moorgate And Liverpool Street Stations

So many journeys from the complex will now be a lot easier.

  • Liverpool Street to Canary Wharf
  • Liverpool Street to Heathrow
  • Liverpool Street to North London and South Hertfordshire
  • Liverpool Street to South and South-East ~London.

Liverpool Street is going to be a very busy Crossrail station.


Stratford station is a cross-plstform interchange of the highest quality between the Central Line and Crossrail.

I’m certain that passengers travelling from the East to stations like Holborn, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Shepherds Bush, will think about changing at Stratford from Crossrail, rather than at later stations.

The journey might be more convenient and you might get a seat.

Journey Times

But the factor that will decide, where a Crossrail passenger will get the Central Line or vice-versa will probably be decided by journey time.

Looking at a journeys, the following times are predicted by the various  planning tools.

  • Ealing Broadway to Stratford – Central Line – 46 minutes – Crossrail – 26 minutes
  • Bond Street to Stratford – Central Line – 20 minutes – Crossrail – 15 minutes
  • Ealing Broadway to Bond Street – Central Line – 23 minutes – Crossrail – 11 minutes

So it looks like Crossrail will be significantly quicker.


I think that Londoners will do what always do and duck and dive across London, finding the best route for their particular journey.

The ones who will have problems will be the irregular passengers, who don’t know the station layouts.

For this reason, TfL need to get the information on Crossrail to a much higher standard than today.

One thing on their side will be that Crossrail trains will be wi-fi and 4G enabled.


October 24, 2016 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

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  1. […] I wrote about the relationship between Crossrail and the Central Line in Ducking And Diving Between Crossrail And The Central Line. […]

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