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The New Station

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CG image of Brent Cross West exterior of station

Brent Cross West station, due to be completed in December 2022, will be the first major new mainline station in London in over a decade. It will be positioned on the Midland Main Line between existing Hendon and Cricklewood stations enabling through journeys from Bedford to Brighton.

It will take just 12 minutes for passengers to reach Kings Cross St Pancras from Brent Cross West. Kings Cross St Pancras is central London’s best-connected transport hub with direct rail access to Europe via Eurostar.

At peak times, there will be up to eight Thameslink passenger trains per hour linking to Kings Cross St Pancras. In another three minutes, passengers will arrive in Farringdon for Elizabeth Line services (Crossrail). There will also be direct connections to Luton and Gatwick airports.

It is expected that over two million journeys will be made by people from the station in its first full year of operation, rising to five million once the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme is fully completed in 2031.

There is also agreement to provide passive provision at Brent Cross West for the planned West London Orbital (WLO) line, which would provide additional cross-London services, and potential links to the HS2 line to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. 

CG image of Brent Cross West interior of station

The eastern entrance of Brent Cross West station

Work has now begun on the station’s eastern entrance, an ambitious and visually stunning project which has sustainability and environmental innovations at the heart of its design. The completed building will feature a roof canopy of glazed panels resting on timber columns, vines connected to groundfloor planters by a wire trellis system, and ornamental trees in the entranceway.

Over the May Day bank holiday installation began on the first part of the Eastern Overbridge, which will open to the public at the same time as the new station in 2022. This is a 150-year landmark, as it will provide the first pedestrian and cycle access across this stretch of the Midland Main Line since it was first built in the 19th century.

The complete bridge will be 60m long, weigh 77 tons, and be coloured battleship grey. It was built off-site in Doncaster and is being delivered to site in two full-length trusses, being lifted into place using a 750t mobile crane.

The pre-installation of the Eastern Overbridge

Work schedule

Work commenced: Spring 2020 (following planning approval)

Contractors and contact details: VolkerFitzpatrick

Working hours: Our standard working hours on the project are Monday to Saturday 8am to 9pm and, where consented, Sundays 8am to 5pm. However, over the next three months certain teams will be working day and night during the week and weekends, as permitted by the local authority.

A detailed programme of working hours by project, from March to June, can be found here:

Work includes:

  • Demolition of disused train storage shed.
  • Construction of new train station.
  • Construction of four platforms (two for stopping trains, two as emergency platforms for fast trains which need to stop).
  • Installation of new pedestrian footbridge with lift and escalator access.

Current works update:

  • The works on the station are progressing well with the steelwork completed on the overbridges and main concourse.
  • Works to clad the overbridges and install the station roof are underway, glass walling on the northern concourse has been installed.
  • The stairs have been completed from the concourse down to the platforms and in the eastern entrance.
  • Escalators have also been installed in the eastern entrance.

Upcoming works: 

  • On the 23 and 24 April the remaining steel roofbeams will be lifted in to place on the southern concourse.
  • The installation of steelwork to the upper-level feature canopies, and platform level canopies will be completed over the coming months.
  • Works to the station buildings include installing the lift shaft on the western entrance, drainage installation, and concrete block work to build the walls. A concrete slab will also be installed above the western entrance sub-station.
  • On the eastern entrance, the installation of the lifts, and the glulam timber beams and columns will be installed over the coming weeks.
  • At platform level the concrete footprint is complete.
  • Works to install block paving and copers, and begin the platform buildings are planned while the team are in possession of the railway and trains
    are not running.

We surround any noisy equipment, such as piling rigs and pneumatic drills, with acoustic barriers where possible.

Please see our latest construction update here.