Brent Cross West station, due to open in 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 Luton 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.
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.
Work commenced: Spring 2020 (following planning approval)
Contractors and contact details: VolkerFitzpatrick
- 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 overview:
Work continues to pile the foundations of the new station. Piling works are taking place to the north of Brent Terrace, at least 200 metres from homes. Outside of normal construction hours, piling works are also permitted during the day and night on most weekends in April and June.
Typical weekend working on the piling will see works begin at 3am Sunday morning, with less intrusive ‘vibro-piling’ mostly used. Contractors are aiming to ensure ‘hammer piling’, which is a noisier construction method, does not begin before 7am on Sunday mornings.
During the Easter weekend and the two May bank holiday weekends we will be moving the tracks to allow the construction of the station platforms.
During the weekend of 29 and 30 May, work will take place on the structural steelwork for the new station bridge. Residents at the north end of Brent Terrace may experience some noise during this weekend.
We surround any noisy equipment, such as piling rigs and pneumatic drills, with acoustic barriers where possible.
Please see our programme of works including planned out-of-hours working March to June programme of work here.