Users of Ealing Broadway station may have noticed work on the platform canopy roof recently commenced. This is part of a much bigger scheme to revamp the station for Crossrail’s arrival in 2019.
Hoardings have been around much of the station frontage for a while now, and a new footbridge went in over the eastern platform end. However, it seems this will be used for emergencies only. This seems a big missed opportunity to spread passengers along trains and platforms. Why force passengers at this end to walk all the way back to change services?
According to Crossrail, the benefits of this work include:
- A ticket hall more than twice the size of the existing one with capacity for 17 standard ticket gates and one wide gate
- Four new lifts to provide step free access from street level to all platforms
- Improved staircases for platforms 1 and 2/3
- Platform extensions to accommodate the new high capacity Crossrail trains
- New toilet facilities
- New customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV
Here’s a shot showing some of the roof with removed panels:
Crossrail services from Paddington to Heathrow commence in May 2018, though this is a replacement of Heathrow Connect services. Hopefully we see more services stopping at quieter stations such as West Ealing when this begins, particularly on a Sunday when there are no services, and in the evenings.
Crossrail “proper” services, through the central London tunnel past Paddington to Shenfield and Abbey Wood commence in late 2019.
I’ve previously covered work underway at West Ealing station here. Not a great deal has changed since.