Farringdon station

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Image:Farringdon station exterior.jpg
Place Clerkenwell
Local authority London Borough of Islington
Managed by London Underground
Owned by London Underground
Platforms in use 4
National Rail
Station code ZFD
Transport for London
Zone 1
Annual entry/exit 14.392 million †
Key dates Opened 1863
Transport for London
List of London stations: Underground | National Rail
† Data from Transport for London [1]

Farringdon station is a London Underground and National Rail station in Clerkenwell, just north of the City of London in the London Borough of Islington.

It is on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines, between King's Cross St. Pancras and Barbican. The station serves First Capital Connect trains which run from Brighton to Bedford, calling en route at Gatwick Airport, or from Luton to Sutton. Some First Capital Connect trains also run into Moorgate and terminate there rather than continuing south via City Thameslink. Farringdon is in Transport for London's Travelcard Zone 1.

The station was opened on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the original Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground metro line. The station, initially named Farringdon Street, was originally located a short distance from today's building. The line ran from Farringdon to Paddington, a distance of 4 miles (6 km). The station was relocated on 23 December 1865 when the Metropolitan Railway opened an extension to Moorgate. It was renamed Farringdon and High Holborn on 26 January 1922, and its present name on 21 April 1936.

The station building is an unusually well-preserved piece of early 20th-century London Underground architecture; it still has its original signage (with the name "Farringdon and High Holborn" on the facade) and other indications of the Metropolitan Railway's ambitions to be like the main line companies, with a sign for a "Parcel Office" surviving on the exterior wall.

The station drastically requires expansion, however, and is very busy at peak times. There have been plans to increase the station's passenger capacity for several years, as part of the Thameslink 2000 project, though these have yet to come to fruition. If, as is planned, Crossrail line 1 calls here, substantial upgrade works may be required.

If the Crossrail 1 project does go ahead, linking with Thameslink at Farringdon, the station will become one of the most important transport interchanges in central London.

Farringdon Station is also notable because the First Capital Connect trains, whilst standing at the platform, switch between the 25kV AC overhead supply used to the north of London, and the 750V DC third rail supply used to the south.


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