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26.06.12

Paddington station concourse opens

The new station entrance and concourse for the Hammersmith & City line are now complete at Paddington station, as part of London Underground’s (LU) station capcity programme.

The works also include two new stairways, improved CCTV and extended platforms to accommodate longer trains. Additional improvements due for completion in 2014 consist of lifts to the platforms, new ticket office, ticketing machines and ticket gates and an extra stairway.

David Waboso, LU’s capital programmes director, said: “This is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of Paddington station and great news for our customers.

“Not only will they benefit from a new station entrance and concourse but also from the newly extended platforms that will accommodate the new longer air conditioned trains that will start serving the station later this year. 

“Over 60,000 people use the station every day and this is set to rise when Crossrail services start serving the station in 2018. Working together with Crossrail, we are building a station fit for the future and providing sufficient capacity for the expected increase in demand.”

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said: “Work is now well underway on the new Crossrail station at Paddington, which will ease congestion, reduce journey times and improve the travelling experience for thousands of people every day while preserving the historic features of the main line station.”

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(Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs licence, courtesy Peter Turvey).

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