Designs for a new station building at West Ealing have been submitted as part of a major overhaul of the station for Crossrail.
Designed by Bennetts Associates, the new station building proposals include a ticket hall within a glass and steel structure, surrounded by a large canopy,
Other major improvements will be made to the station, including a footbridge with lifts to provide step-free access to every platform, creation of a new bay platform for trains on the Greenford branch line, and longer platforms so the station can accommodate the 200m long Crossrail trains
Crossrail surface director Matthew White said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in West Ealing – new trains, quicker journeys and a brand new station fit for the 21st Century. Our proposals are for a bright, spacious, elegant new ticket hall that, along with the other improvements, will transform people’s experience of using the station.”
Bennetts Associates studio director David Laing said: “The building will provide a new, fully accessible station on Manor Road incorporating clear, step-free access routes to all platforms.
“Its double height glazed concourse and canopied frontage will ensure the station is clearly legible within the surrounding townscape, while its modern ticket hall and distinctive entrance will make it recognisable as one of the family of new Crossrail stations designed by Bennetts Associates through west London.”
Crossrail has also been working with Ealing Council and Network Rail to develop plans for improvements to the area around the new station that will provide better connection to other forms of transport, provide cycle parking and improve the surrounding pavements and roads.
The improvement works will be carried out by Network Rail. From the end of 2017 the station will be run by Transport for London as part of London’s integrated transport network.
When Crossrail fully opens in 2019, four services an hour in each direction will serve West Ealing station, allowing passengers to travel through central London without having to change trains.
Passengers will be able to get to Bond Street in 13 minutes and Liverpool Street in 21 minutes, while the journey to Canary Wharf will take 27 minutes.