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June 15, 2015

UK’s Ealing Council approves Southall Crossrail station upgrade

The UK's Ealing London Borough Council has approved proposals for a major overhaul of Southall station as part of the Crossrail programme.

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The UK’s Ealing London Borough Council has approved proposals for a major overhaul of Southall station as part of the Crossrail programme.

Bennetts Associates has designed a glass and steel structure that will let in natural light, creating a bright, airy and welcoming atmosphere for passengers.

The upgrade will also include a new forecourt that will help passengers to get in and out of the station easily reducing congestion at the entrance.

The station will also get a new footbridge with three new lifts to provide step-free access to every platform.

Bennetts Associates studio director David Laing said: "The design of the new station will provide light and spacious facilities for passengers, from its canopied street frontage, through the double-height ticket hall to the route to the platforms, its transparency and lighting enabling clear views through the building during the day and at night.

"The Crossrail improvements will transform the station and deliver a larger building that will serve local people for many decades to come."

"It will be recognisable as one of a family of new Crossrail stations designed by Bennetts Associates about to emerge through west London."

Work will also include extension of platforms so the station can accommodate the new 200m-long Crossrail trains.

The improvements will also see new lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV at the station.

Crossrail surface director Matthew White said: "The Crossrail improvements will transform the station and deliver a larger building that will serve local people for many decades to come.

"The designs show a bright, spacious structure that will be easier for passengers to get around and will provide a focal point for the local area."

Network Rail will be responsible for carrying out the overhaul work, which is scheduled to begin this summer and will last around two years.

From the end of 2017, the Southall station will be managed by Transport for London (TfL) as part of London’s integrated transport network.

In order to help develop plans for improvements around both the new and existing station buildings, Crossrail has also been working with Ealing Council and Network Rail.

These improvements can be implemented when the new station building opens.

Around ten services an hour in each direction will serve Southall station when Crossrail fully opens in 2019.


Image: Go ahead for new larger station building at Southall. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail.

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