Ealing Broadway station plans approved

ealing broadway crossrail june 14Proposals for an overhaul of Ealing Broadway station as part of Crossrail upgrades have been approved by Ealing Council.

The new station, designed by Bennetts Associates, will have a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that, say Crossrail, will reflect the prominence and importance of the station building. The façade will be replaced with a new glass structure and a new entrance twice the size of the existing one, giving the building a much larger, brighter feel.

Inside the station, improvements include a ticket hall more than twice the size of the existing one, new lifts, platform extensions, and new toilets.

Construction work is expected to begin in summer 2015 and is expected to last around 18 months. Network Rail, which is delivering the station improvements, will set up worksites in summer 2015 and will use part of the station forecourt and a corner of Haven Green.

Linked to this, the council will also carry out work to improve the area around the station, improving safety and transport links and upgrading the look and the feel of the area.

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.”

By improving transport links, Crossrail is already unlocking development opportunities in west London, encouraging investment and supporting local jobs and businesses. Almost half of planning applications (44%) within a kilometre of the five stations in the London Borough of Ealing cited the new railway as a justification for the development proceeding.

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