Want to use Farringdon Station this weekend? You can't (but here's why!)
By abi_silvester | Saturday, September 17, 2011, 14:20
If you regularly use Farringdon Station, you'll probably be all-too aware that the station is currently closed at weekends. So what's going on behind the scenes? Read on for a bit of background info on what is causing the disruption, and what to expect from this huge project that will hopefully be worth waiting for in the end!
Do you know why the station is closed on weekends? TfL's new video should bring you up to speed.
The current closure is due to a joint Network Rail and DfT £6bn investment to upgrade the station. These are bringing a series of weekend closures to the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. TfL tell us that the closure has been deemed necessary for safety reasons, as many of the weekend works take place on and around the live railway.
So what's in it for us? By December, we are told that passengers will benefit from longer 12-carriage Thameslink trains, and a new ticket hall for Thameslink and future Crossrail passengers opposite the current Underground entrance.
From 2018 there will be 140 trains per hour through the station, the only one to be served by London Underground, Thameslink and Crossrail. Passengers will also be able to travel in any direction - north, south, east or west - and importantly for disabled travellers, there will be step-free access to all platforms.
Want to know more? This video explains all you need to know about the works and has some interesting background info on the detail of how the project is progressing.