Ealing Broadway station proposed Crossrail upgrade has been approved by local planners.
Ealing Council’s planning committee gave the scheme the green light, after working closely with Crossrail, local community groups, and local developers.
The new station, designed by Bennetts Associates, will have a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt, while the existing façade will be replaced with a new glass structure and a new entrance twice the size of the existing one.
Inside the station, improvements comprise:
- 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.
The scheme now proceeds to the detailed design stage. Construction work is scheduled to begin in summer 2015 and is expected to last around 18 months.
The area around the station will also be upgraded, to improve safety and transport links.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “The arrival of Crossrail will bring wide-ranging benefits to our borough, including major improvements to Ealing Broadway station. The council worked closely with Crossrail to achieve a very high quality design for the station including plans for a whole new station forecourt with a stunning canopy that I believe will create a fitting gateway to Ealing town centre and set the design standards for other developments around the station.”
Matthew White, Crossrail surface director, said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Ealing – better stations, new trains and faster journeys. Now that our plans for Ealing Broadway are moving forward, we will continue to liaise with local people as the detail of the designs for the station is developed. We will also be working hard to make sure that the station improvements are made with the absolute minimum of disruption to local people and businesses.”