As time moves forwards towards the opening of Crossrail another milestone has been passed as TfL took over control of Great Western Stations in West London and beyond, from Acton Mainline to Taplow (excluding Slough).
As I battled through the snow onto one of the few running trains at Ealing Broadway yesterday I noticed all staff seemed to be wearing TfL uniforms but it didn’t really register at the time given the cold and general mess of cancellations and delays. I did notice the new TfL ticket machines were very slow and poor to use.
What this means is that from now on all stations between Acton Main Line and Hayes & Harlington will be staffed all day.
The next big step forward will be Crossrail trains replacing Heathrow Connect in May 2018. This will mean longer trains.
Unfortunately planned upgrade work at stations has been delayed a year, in news I covered back in June here.
On the bright side, contracts have been awarded to JP Murphy for upgrade work at Hanwell, Iver, Langley and Taplow stations.