Liverpool Street station to be transformed as part of £1.5bn sustainably led regeneration project
27 April 2023: Sellar, the developer of London Bridge Quarter and Paddington Square, MTR, a leading global operator of sustainable rail transport services including the Elizabeth line, and Network Rail are submitting a joint planning application to the City of London Corporation for proposed vital upgrades to transform Liverpool Street station.
The £1.5 billion vision for Liverpool Street station has been developed in collaboration with Pritzker Prize winning architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and will create a world-class transport hub and landmark seven-days-a-week destination, with new retail and leisure facilities for visitors, passengers, and the local community.
The designs being submitted follow several years of working with the City of London as well as ongoing consultation with heritage organisations and other key stakeholders, including three public exhibition events, resulting in the proposals incorporating a number of design changes and improvements.
A major transport hub in need of vital upgrades
Despite being the capital’s main transport hub, significant changes are required for the station to become fully inclusive. It is one of the most difficult to access for people with disabilities and offers a poor passenger experience for those with small children and luggage, with only one accessible lift serving the mainline station and no step-free access to most London Underground platforms.
When the last upgrade to the station was completed in the early 1990s there was no expectation that passenger numbers would grow. Liverpool Street is the busiest station in the UK by footfall, with up to 135 million people using the station and concourse area annually in recent years. In spite of high passenger volumes, it operates with just half the concourse space of similar London stations which results in overcrowding during peak times.