When Crossrail fully opens in 2019, up to ten services an hour in each direction will serve Ealing Broadway. The station will also be an interchange with the District and Central line on the Underground as well as National Rail services.
The proposed plans, which have now been submitted to the London Borough of Ealing, would replace the existing cramped entrance and ticket hall with a new glass structure that would let in much more natural light and be significantly more spacious. In addition, new lifts and staircases will make it easier for passengers to get around the station.
Proposed improvements include major changes to the front of the station, replacing the current dated façade with a new glass structure; a new entrance, twice the size of the existing one, leading to a significantly more spacious and brighter ticket hall with a larger gateline; new lifts to provide step free access from street level to all platforms; redesigned staircases for platforms 1 and 2/3; redesigned waiting facilities at platform level; platform extensions for the new high capacity ten car Crossrail trains; and new information screens and communications systems.
Matt White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “We believe that our proposals will significantly improve the station, providing a bright spacious entrance and making it easier for passengers to get from the ticket hall level down to the platforms.”
Rob McIntosh, Network Rail’s Crossrail Programme Director said: “We have worked closely with the Council and First Great Western, who currently run the station, to ensure our plans are right for passengers. The station improvements will make a huge difference to the users of the station and the local community.”
A report commissioned last year by Crossrail predicted that, by 2021, property values around Ealing Broadway station can expect to have increased by 27 per cent above the average rise for the London Borough of Ealing.