24 April 2017 | 8 °C

New Tottenham Court Road Station Opens

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 27 months ago
New Tottenham Court Road Station Opens
The new entrance, before dawn
The new entrance, before dawn
Long escalators!
Long escalators!
New ticket hall
New ticket hall
Passageway to exit
Passageway to exit
Very long escalators!
Very long escalators!
Three new escalators from ticket hall to platform
Three new escalators from ticket hall to platform
Northern Line only
Northern Line only
Passageways to platforms
Passageways to platforms
Roundels, exterior
Roundels, exterior
Welcome to your new station!
Welcome to your new station!
New patterns
New patterns
Three new escalators from street to ticket hall
Three new escalators from street to ticket hall

The new station entrance at Tottenham Court Road station opened Monday morning for passengers travelling on the Northern Line, with brand new passageways, a much larger ticket hall (note: which has ticket machines, but no ticket office) with a very wide gateline and new escalators to the new street entrance.

At the moment, only the new Exit No.1 is open, which brings you out to the south west corner. There are two more new entrances/exits to follow later this year on the side of the road right next to Centrepoint, and then the entrance by the Dominion (temporarily closed) will eventually re-open, most likely when the new gateline to the Central Line is complete.

We also found a poster up advising passengers that the nearest alternate Central Line station to use is Bond Street! Clearly, Oxford Circus is nearer — but has a lot of crowding issues.

There will also be lift access from the street to the new ticket hall, and then down to platform level, but this isn't quite finished yet. Interestingly we found that there is Wi-Fi access (previously none at all at this station) but it only works in the new ticket hall and escalator areas — when you get down to platform level, it no longer works.

We quite enjoyed playing the game of watching commuters getting off at the northern end of the platforms — years of instinctively knowing that this was the correct end of the platform to be nearest the exit — only to have to turn 180 degrees and find the new exit back towards the southern end of the platforms. The single exit escalator is currently also boarded up behind a blue door.

The main set of escalators between the ticket hall and the Northern Line are reported to be the second longest on the network (the ones at Angel are still the longest) and take exactly a minute to travel on if you just stand still. There are also several 'blue hoardings' all over the place, where access to Crossrail will follow later.

Note: the Central Line is not stopping at Tottenham Court Road until December 2015 as works on that part of the station now take place. The new ticket office will be expanded again later when the Central Line reopens, and there will be a totally new way into Tottenham Court Road station between Dean Street and Soho Street that will most likely open when Crossrail is finished, but you will eventually be able to use it to get to the tube as well.

Last Updated 12 January 2015

Mark

The escalator and ticket hall areas are very nice and shiny - but I can't help but feel as though there still aren't enough staircases down onto the Northern Line platform itself.

The platforms only have two staircases linking them to the escalators, and travelling through at 8:45 in the morning, passengers were queuing back onto the platform to try and get into the 'up' staircase, as well as going up the 'down' staircase to try and get out more quickly.

Crossrail will herald another staircase to the platforms - but I worry that these three still won't be enough to cope with the volume of Crossrail transfers + station exits.

Guest

Good early scoop, waking up before dawn, impressive! Good photos! I think those circle and diamond patterned tiles by the escalators look a bit 1970s though, might have been better to have kept them simple, neat and plain? Overall station looks great though.

Jon

What a bland looking station - and not ticket office too, it's like walking into a tin tunnel! I worry about this part of London, all the character being ripped out of it.

Jon

**no ticket office

BBY75

Are the original tiles still somewhere to be found within the station?

Melvyn Windebank

The sign leading to the new exit stairs also has plastic covering of word Crossrail indicating this will also be route from Northern Line to Crossrail .

No doubt the old exits will reopen later ( maybe in December ?) when Central Line reopens after upgrade of old station areas.

Unga Munga

Nice and shiny and useless . No Central Line for quite an entire year. Make less fuss and do more hard work. The service of TFL is still terrible.

jsrds

It is very low on facilities

Guest

Erm, picture 2 of the escalator, why are there a full SEVEN 'stand on the right' signs within about 5 metres of eachother?!

Disneyrollergirl

Geoff do you mean the fire exit stairs at the end of the platform that takes you straight to the way out escalators (as opposed to following the Way Out signs that take you on a longer winded route)? Is there going to be a similar short cut later or is it not needed at all, or have they closed that loophole altogether?