London Underground passengers using Moorgate station have benefitted from the completion of the new Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street, which has now been handed over to Transport for London (TfL) by its builders, Crossrail.
As Elizabeth line trains will be 200 metres long, with station platforms to match, many of the new stations will have an entrance at each end. Passengers accessing the Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street will therefore be able to use Moorgate, as well as the new entrance at Broadgate, to enter the new station.
As a result, a refurbished station entrance for Moorgate station on Moorfields is now open. Step-free access to the London Underground’s Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines has been provided, with new lifts serving the eastbound and westbound platforms. The new entrance is more spacious, at 65 metres wide, with a longer gateline, six new ticket vending machines and customer information screens providing an improved customer experience for those using the station.
The rest of the new Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station will open with the start of cross-London services in the first half of 2022.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “I’m really pleased that passengers on three Tube lines will be able to benefit from step-free access at the new Moorgate station entrance from today, as the Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station is handed over to TfL.
“The Elizabeth line will transform our city’s transport network when it opens next year, and it is great that Londoners are already able to enjoy some of the advantages it will bring.”
Andy Lord, London Underground managing director, added: “It’s great to have this bright new ticket hall available for customers using Moorgate station with step-free access to the London Underground provided. It will provide a more modern experience for those using the station and staff and customers will be able start using this new part of the station ahead of Elizabeth line services starting in the first half of next year.”
Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station, which was built by Laing O’Rourke, is the fifth station to be transferred to TfL and the third station which London Underground will take over as infrastructure manager. Station and maintenance staff can begin familiarisation at the station ahead of the Elizabeth line opening.
The station is now ready for the next stages in the extensive commissioning. Trial Operations, which will begin later this year, is the final phase before the Elizabeth line opens. It will ensure the safety and reliability of the railway for public use and will include scenarios such as evacuations of trains and stations.