Approval given for Crossrail overhaul of West Ealing station
7 August 2015 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Ealing Council approves proposals for the Crossrail redevelopment of West Ealing station.
Network Rail, in charge of delivering the project, will shortly begin work to extend the platforms and construct a new footbridge which will provide step-free access to every platform. Once complete the extended platforms will accommodate the 200m long Crossrail trains. In addition, a new bay platform for trains on the Greenford branch line is due to be brought into use by early 2016.
The new station building, designed by Bennetts Associates, will provide a bright, modern, spacious new ticket hall constructed of glass and steel. Transport for London will take over the running of West Ealing Station from the end of 2017.
Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director, said: “The new ticket hall, footbridge and lifts will transform passengers’ experience of using West Ealing station. Once Crossrail opens fully in 2019, local people will be able to travel right through the centre of the capital making it quicker and easier to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East.”
Crossrail has also been working with Ealing Council and Network Rail to help develop plans for improvements to the area around the new station that will provide better connection to other forms of transport, including cycle parking and improvements to adjacent pavements and roads.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, commented: “We have already begun to see the benefits that Crossrail will bring to Ealing and now we can look forward to the arrival of the new West Ealing station. The high quality plans for the station will further improve the daily commute for our residents including better station access from the street, better accessibility to the station platforms via lifts and enhanced cycle parking to further encourage green travel in the borough.”
David Laing, Studio Director at Bennetts Associates, added: “The new building is the latest in a family of Bennetts Associates designed Crossrail stations across west London to be approved. The double height glazed concourse and canopied frontage will create a modern, fully accessible station that befits West Ealing’s improved connectivity with central London once Crossrail opens fully in 2019.”