Millions more to use Crossrail than first predicted

Three of Crossrail’s central London stations will reach capacity quicker than originally predicted, according to a new report.

Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon are now expected to serve a quarter-of-a-million passengers a year by 2026 – 65 million more passengers than were first estimated in 2004.

The findings have been published by Arup who have produced a report designed to help businesses and local authorities make the most of the opportunities that will be created when Crossrail opens in 2018.

The figure represents an increase of 166 million more passengers using the three stations a year than they do today.

Alexander Jan, Arup director and one of the report’s authors, said: “With London’s population growing by two thousand every eight days, Arup’s analysis suggests Crossrail’s stations will be somewhat busier sooner than was originally anticipated. This is in line with the experience of London Overground improvements and DLR extensions.

“Crossrail stations are designed to handle the flow but there are going to be significant opportunities – and some challenges – for property owners, local authorities, retailers, employers, the entertainment industry and residents.”