Proposals for an overhaul of Ealing Broadway station as part of Crossrail upgrades have been approved by Ealing Council’s Planning Committee.
The new station, designed by Bennetts Associates, will have a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that will reflect the prominence and importance of the station building. The dated 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 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
During the design process, Crossrail worked closely with Ealing Council, the local MP and community groups as well as with local developers and nearby landowners. Crossrail will continue to work closely with Ealing Council and local groups during the detailed design process.
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 transform the area around the station, improving safety and transport links and upgrading the look and the feel of the area. Crossrail and Network Rail will be working with Ealing Council to ensure that the impact of the works for local people is kept to an absolute minimum.
A joint information event between Ealing Council and Crossrail is planned in September to inform local people about the plans for the station and to seek comments on proposals for the development of the area around the station. It will also allow people to find out more about the Crossrail service and the work that is planned for the area.