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Crossrail submits plans for new Hayes & Harlington station

Plans for a new station building at Hayes & Harlington have been submitted for approval to Hillingdon Council by Crossrail. 

Designed by Bennetts Associates, the new building will be situated immediately to the north of the existing station and will replace a commercial property currently on the site. 

According to Crossrail, the new glass and steel structure is intended to create a landmark and be much more visible than the existing station. 

Other improvements at the station will include a new footbridge with four lifts to provide step-free access to every platform; a new waiting room on platform 4/5; and platform extensions with replacement canopies. In addition to this there will be new lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV. 

Hayes   Harlington station architect impression  170786

Matthew White, Crossrail surface director, said: “Our proposals are for a modern, prominent building that properly reflects the importance of the station to the area. 

“A bright, spacious ticket hall and other major upgrades will make using the station a much better experience for the thousands of people who pass through every day.” 

From the end of 2017, it will be run by Transport for London as part of the capital’s integrated transport network. When Crossrail fully opens in 2019, up to 10 services an hour in each direction will serve Hayes & Harlington station, allowing passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains. 

On top of the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with Hillingdon Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. The proposals will also create a new public space and improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity to the station through better pedestrian crossings, continuous cycle lanes, tree planting, and safer junctions. 

Last week it was revealed that work on Crossrail’s surface section in outer London, Berkshire and Essex is now one-third complete. Highlights of the work to date include the installation of the Stockley flyover in Hillingdon, which will improve links and increase capacity between Heathrow and central London from 2018. 

(Image: c. Crossrail) 

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DAVID SPENCER   22/12/2014 at 18:17

The station outline is a disgrace and the team responsible should realise that bad visual design contributes to social problems and a message to other building designers in Hayes that this unique terrible station building is acceptable. Get back to the drawing board and preserve the character of Hayes and Harlington just as the Germans do.XJHXZ

Long Branch Mike   22/12/2014 at 22:52

A lot of glass that radiates heat in the winter, plus a 2 story building that only uses 1 story of height inside, looks like a complete crock up of a design.

Lesf   02/01/2015 at 17:06

The station certainly needs a major upgrade and the public realm streetworks shown on the Crossrail website look encouraging, but does the building have to be a characterless glass box with lots of wasted space and a long flight of external steps to get into it? Seems the designer forgot that it's for people.

Bob Machon   06/01/2015 at 09:31

Wasteful. With so much effort and money going into stepless design, this is a energy-wasting throwback. A wasted opportunity.

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