LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday unveiled new station designs for Crossrail.
Johnson showed pictures of eight new Crossrail stations, five of which are underneath Central London.
The stations feature wide platforms, escalators and lifts to ease congestion.
All stations will also have step-free access to platforms.
Speaking at the event, Johnson said that Crossrail will form the backbone of London’s rail infrastructure.
He said: “As Crossrail moves from the drawing board to reality we can see the breathtaking benefits it will bring to our city.”
Rail minister Theresa Villiers, also at the event, said Crossrail will add 10 per cent to London’s rail capacity, and move more workers into the City.
“[Crossrail] will create thousands of jobs and potentially generate up to £50bn for the UK’s GDP,” Villiers said.
The £16bn project will bring passenger trains under central London.
The line, running from east-to-west, has direct connections between the City and Heathrow, London City Airport, and Eurostar rail services at Stratford. It will also run to Canary Wharf.
The station designs are displayed until 8 December at the Building Centre, near Tottenham Court Road Underground station.