Saturday, 31 March 2007

Stratford Station upgrade

Last week, TfL announced major plans to rebuild Stratford station, mainly because the current station faces the wrong way for the Olympic site, Stratford City and Stratford International. Works include:

  • A new entrance and ticket hall will be built facing north, allowing access to the various developments.
  • The disused eastern subway will be reopened. Some of the existing platforms will be extended east to meet it.
  • An apparently massive footbridge will be constructed on the east edge of the station, stretching from the northern ticket hall to the south side of the A11 road, connecting the station to Stratford Shopping Centre.
  • The mezzanine level of the existing building will be extended east to connect to the bridge, with a new ticket barrier line.
  • Fourteen new lifts will be installed, allowing step-free access throughout.
  • Two new platforms will be built on the north edge of the station for North London Line services.
  • The existing North London Line platforms (1 and 2) will be converted for use by the new DLR service between Canning Town and Stratford International.
  • A second platform will be built on the south side of the westbound Central Line track, which should ease overcrowding on the existing platform, especially during the Olympics.
The new North London Line platforms are the first phase of the DLR to Stratford International scheme, and will need to open before construction of the northern part of the line can begin.