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15.08.14

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

Ealing Council has given the green light to proposals to redevelop Ealing Broadway as part of Crossrail upgrades.

After design proposals were initially rejected by the local authority at the end of last year, new plans were recently submitted and the council’s planning committee has given its approval.

The new station, designed by Bennetts Associates, will have a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that will reflect “the prominence” of the station building, according to the designers.

Additionally, 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.

Matthew White, Crossrail surface director, said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Ealing – better stations, new trains and faster journeys.

“Now that our plans for Ealing Broadway are moving forward, we will continue to liaise with local people as the detail of the designs for the station is developed.”

Inside the station, improvements will comprise of a new ticket hall 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; and platform extensions to accommodate the new high capacity Crossrail trains.

Construction work, which is expected to last around 18 months, is planned to start in summer 2015. Network Rail, which is delivering the station improvements, will set up worksites next summer and will use part of the station forecourt and a corner of Haven Green. Linked to this, the local authority 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

Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “The arrival of Crossrail will bring wide-ranging benefits to our borough, including major improvements to Ealing Broadway station.

“The council worked closely with Crossrail to achieve a very high quality design for the station including plans for a whole new station forecourt with a stunning canopy that I believe will create a fitting gateway to Ealing town centre and set the design standards for other developments around the station.”

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.

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Comments

Shaz W   15/08/2014 at 13:37

Great idea to revamp the station, but there needs to be a drop off point for cars. Although it's not the busiest London station it is an interchange and a main town centre. There should be a similar drop off system such as that at Wembley Park where you drive in and drive out. Two often, people have fallen victim to parking tickets for just dropping off commuters who want to catch the tube/train.

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