Central Line interchange for ELL could come as part of new Shoreditch terminus

Shoreditch's continued growth as a major employment cluster and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 could provide the motivation and means for the transport authorities to create a new interchange between the East London Line and the Central Line.

Citymetric reports that Network Rail has proposed a major new rail terminus at Shoreditch - the first new London terminus since 1899 - to enable more people to access the area and take some of the strain off Liverpool Street, which is bursting at the seams.

The new terminus would serve developments like Bishopsgate Goods Yard
With major Shoreditch schemes like the redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goods Yard (pictured) at an advanced stage, new transport capacity is required.

As Citymetric point out, a new terminal served only by the East London Line won't work, so they will need to create an interchange with the Central Line, which many people argued should have been included in the original scheme, but the lack of capacity on the Central Line was a major factor that counted against the idea. Crossrail, however, should address that problem, alleviating the overcrowding.

The ELL is already getting a Crossrail interchange at Whitechapel in 2018. A Central Line interchange in the 2020s would be another useful new connection. But a Terminus at Shoreditch would pose even more questions about the long-term future of the ELL, which is already struggling to meet the demand of South East Londoners for good connections.

More capacity on the ELL and an accelerated Bakerloo Line extension might be needed, to unlock the potential of the City's eastern fringes.

8 comments:

DT said...

Looks like London Broad Street shouldn't of been sold off, could of used that for this scheme.

staringatshoreditch said...

and it's either/or for the bishopsgate goodsyard - either network rail sells it off for the monstrous goodsyard development, or they develop a terminal. at this point they're mutually exclusive. so a bunch of towers owned by overseas, absentee owners? or a new rail terminus that should spur development for the next century?

Chris said...

There is no Network Rail land to be sold, there is a corridor which is protected from development but realistically remodelling Liverpool St will be far more cost effective.

Emma said...

An interchange with the central line would be really useful but having read the citymetric article all of it seems extremely unlikely to happen.

Headhunter said...

Yes, the Overground is missing interchanges at some very obvious places, particularly the Central Line. Then there's the lack of a station at East Brixton....

Monkeyboy said...

see above, a central line connection would not work as the central line is one of the most congested lines. you couldnt change onto it and it would screw people further on. also, you can only spend the money you have allocated. its called transport planning, every scheme is a compromise - every single one, the victorians compromised. thats whe we have tiny tunels and why they follow the street layout. it MAY work now, there is the small detail of money though.

terrencetrentderby said...

If someone could hang around the Overground and kneecap anyone that got on at Surrey Quays and changed at Canada Water that would be good.

rationalplan said...

Everyone is just rehashing the Network Rail long term study to increase capacity. There is already reserved land to add another pair of tracks into Liverpool Street, plus there are various options to add platforms on the West side of the station and get rid of the old cab road.


Along with this rebuild a more likely option could be a second Northern Entrance to the platforms (Exchange Square), giving a shorter interchange with the Overground.

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