Farringdon Station is one the world’s oldest underground railway stations.
Recently engineers were called in by London Underground to reline the inside of the Victorian cast iron roof columns which, for more than 150 years, had taken rain water from the roof of Farringdon Station to below ground drainage systems.
Lanes Group, utility wastewater and drainage contractors, used their pipe relining knowledge to help preserve the original look of the site. These works come as part of a major refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Farringdon Station.
Lanes Rail Planned Maintenance Manager Mark O’Leary said:
“The reline solution meant the original downpipes could still be used, avoiding the need for an alternative, more costly method for managing rainwater.”
As part of the refurbishment, the original station roof, still showing signs of pollution damage caused by smoke and steam from the original steam locomotives, was extensively refurbished.
London Underground engineers were keen to continue using the cast iron roof supports as rainwater downpipes, to avoid having to install a different system that might conflict with heritage preservation requirements.
The refurbishment programme, now nearing completion, prepares the station for the opening of the £15 billion east-west Crossrail in 2018.
Farringdon Station will then become the crossroads for rail lines leading to all four London airports, making it one of the busiest underground stations in the world.