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Aecom to design Network Rail Crossrail station upgrades

Consultant Aecom will design improvements to 13 stations west of Paddington that are set to become part of the Crossrail route, Network Rail announced today.

The design brief includes a number of improvements including platform extensions to allow longer trains to run, step-free access at the majority of the stations, refurbishment of station buildings and ticketing facilities, as well as other steps to improvement train reliability such as turnback facilities.

The new Crossrail services will be electrified, meaning trains will be quicker, cleaner, quieter, smoother and more reliable than diesels. Several bridges near stations on the route will also be redesigned to allow for over-head electrical cables.

Crossrail will provide four 10-car trains per hour on the Great Western Main Line at peak times, in each direction, between central London and Maidenhead. There will also be four trains per hour to Heathrow and two per hour to West Drayton.

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km of track and 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

Work on Crossrail west stations

All station designs will meet predicted passenger demand forecast (2026 +28%) demonstrated by static passenger flow analysis. The following works are planned at Crossrail west stations.

Acton Main Line

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Horn Lane
  • Step-free access between street level and all platforms via a new footbridge with stairs and 2 lifts
  • Platforms 2-4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems

Ealing Broadway

  • Platforms 1-3 extended
  • Step-free access
  • Enlarged booking hall with increased ticket gatelines
  • Enlarged and remodelled pedestrian forecourt
  • New footbridge to the east-end of the station linking platforms 1-4
  • Construction of a new canopy on platform 4

West Ealing

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Manor Road
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3-4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting, a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security system
  • Construction of a new bay platform for Greenford Branch trains

Hanwell

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Selective door opening to be used
  • Minor architectural works including branding and signage

Southall

  • New station building with a new larger enclosed ticket hall with level access from South Road
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting and information and security systems

Hayes & Harlington

  • New station building
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New 200m bay platform 5 constructed (replacing existing bay)
  • New platform canopies to platform 4 and 5
  • Track work to be undertaken: To widen island platform (2/3); To provide access to the new bay platform

West Drayton

  • Reconfigured station building and new covered walkway to footbridge
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New platform 5 constructed to align to new track layout
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • New platform canopy provided on platform 4

Iver

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Platform extensions

Langley

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Selective door opening used on all platforms

Slough

  • Simplified booking hall, ticket issuing facilities and ticket gatelines
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3-5 extended
  • Construction of a new bay platform for the Reading to Slough shuttle service

Burnham

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Selective door opening used on all platforms

Taplow

  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Footbridge parapets made imperforate
  • OLE gantries positioned for free running under bridge
  • Use of Selective Door Opening on all platforms

Maidenhead

  • Reconfigured ticket office
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3 and 4 extended
  • New (bay) platform 6 added, including new lift, stairs & platform canopy
  • New lift and stairs to platform 1
  • Canopy modifications to allow for electrification
  • Track modifications to incorporate reversing and stabling sidings

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