Mayor awards cash for areas around Crossrail stations

west drayton crossrail nov 14The Mayor of London has awarded over £28 million to outer London boroughs in order for them to transform the public spaces around Crossrail stations.

The TfL funding will support local borough-led projects at seventeen stations in Greater London and will help cut crime, improve road safety and make areas more pleasant for millions of passengers.

Improvements will include developing better interchanges with local bus networks and taxis; making improvements to the public realm and streets, on station forecourts and adjacent roads; and improving lighting in the surrounding areas.

The improvements will be made by 2019.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It is hard to believe how far Crossrail has come; it has moved forward at an astounding pace. Now the key construction is well underway it is only right that we turn our attention to the areas around the stations. This funding will help boroughs complete a wealth of improvements in order to make travel safer and more pleasant for hundreds of thousands of Londoners.”

Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “As we do this (build Crossrail), it is also important to make local improvements around our stations, making it easier for passengers to use or interchange with Crossrail services, whether they have arrived by rail, bus, foot or bike. This funding will do that – transforming public spaces for the benefit of everyone.”

West London stations benefitting from the cash are Ealing Broadway – an improved interchange, with wider footways and crossings and a new contra-flow cycle lane (£1.07m); Southall – remodelling roundabout to 3-way signalised junction and increased pedestrian comfort levels through wider footways (£2.30m); Acton (£1.45m); West Ealing (£1.46m); Hanwell – public realm improvements around station entrances, realignment of Campbell Road / Greenford Avenue junction, improved pedestrian links to new southern station entrance (£1.07m); and West Drayton – a new public space on Station Approach and improved public realm out-side station entrance (£1.60m – pictured above).

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