The Anonymous Widower

Crossrail’s First Inclined Lift Is Now Available To View!

The entrance to Crossrail in front of Broadgate has now had most of its hoarding removed.

You can now walk around it and view the escalators and inclined lift, that will take passengers to and from the booking hall.

It’s probably the most up-market fosterito, that I’ve seen so far. Even more so, than the pair at Tottenham Court Road station, that I wrote about in Tottenham Court Road Station Gains A Giant Fosterito.

  • It has three escalators and an inclined lift.
  • It oozes quality with lots of steel, glass and quality lighting.
  • It shows the arms of the City of London in recognition to their contribution to Crossrail.
  • It sits in the middle of a large traffic-free square.

WilkinsonEyre were the architects.


Norman Foster faced a similar problem in Spain of how to protect staircases and escalators emerging from the Bilbao Metro.

These pictures show his elegant solution.

The Spaniards obviously liked them, as they called them fosteritos.

June 17, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Given how the new street level entrance at Farringdon Station was recently opened providing escalators and extra stairs access to northbound Thameslink platform ahead of opening of Crossrail then perhaps this entrance might similarly open soon giving access to Liverpool Street underground and mainline stations.

    Plans were announced yesterday to pedestrianise part of Oxford Street either side of Oxford Circus and built a new entrance to Oxford Circus Station this does show what’s possible.

    I reckon if London is to get a more accessible underground starting with shallow sub surface stations then this type of entrance might be the simplest and cheapest ( Any ideas re cost of this entrance .) With this type of entrance for wider island type stations and smaller two escalators and ascending lift for side platform stations.

    There might even be a case at some stations to simply install one of those small entrances as found in Spain with just an ascending lift direct from street to platform or with just a single escalator!

    The elimination of tickets and ticket office makes simpler stations much easier .

    The recent addition of a new entrance to Bank Station as part of over Station development shows how opportunities need to be taken when they arise as once they have gone they won’t arise again for many decades…..

    Comment by Melvyn | June 17, 2021 | Reply

  2. […] A new entrance to Crossrail has been completed in front of Broadgate and appears ready to open, as I observed in Crossrail’s First Inclined Lift Is Now Available To View!. […]

    Pingback by Crossrail’s New Opening Plan « The Anonymous Widower | July 14, 2021 | Reply

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