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Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

Major improvement works will lead to Bakerloo Line platform closures at Paddington Tube Station from April to August in preparation for Crossrail.

Bakerloo Line trains will not stop at the station from 2 April as engineers dig a 165m tunnel under the station to enable passengers to interchange between the Bakerloo Line and Crossrail platforms, which will open in 2018 and is expected to increase the number of passengers using Paddington Tube station daily from 165,000 to 248,000.

Engineers will also replace almost every component in the escalators serving the Bakerloo Line in order to extend their life by 20 years.

David Waboso CBE, London Underground (LU)’s capital programmes director, and a member of RTM’s editorial board, said: “We try to carry out as much of our improvement work as possible when the Tube is closed, but in this case need a closure period due to the nature and scale of the work.”

During the closure, passengers have been advised to use the Circle, District or Hammersmith & City lines instead. Transport for London says it will re-open the platforms in time for Notting Hill carnival on 28 and 29 August.

Other planned changes to the underground include a modernisation of the signalling and train control systems, whose main benefits will be delivered by 2022 and include an increase to a train every two minutes at peak times.

Line upgrades are also planned, which will deliver a more than 30% increase in capacity.

Redevelopment work to increase capacity at key stations and making them step-free is also underway at a number of stations including Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street.

More than half of LU’s 270 stations have now been modernised or refurbished to make them brighter and easier to use, with improvements such as tactile strips, better CCTV and help points, electronic information displays in ticket halls and on platforms, and improved seating and lighting.

Last month, LU launched the delayed invitation to tender for 250 new Tube for London trains, worth £1bn to £2.5bn, that will serve the Bakerloo, Piccadilly, Waterloo & City and Central lines by the early 2020s.

It has also unveiled a new design idiom of principles for the design, refurbishment and repair of its stations.

Transport for London has planned a £2.57bn extension to the Bakerloo Line, which will open in 2030, and developments to accommodate Crossrail at Whitechapel and Farringdon stations.

 (Image c. Crossrail)


Andrew G   19/02/2016 at 13:36

Plus new tube trains are to be built for the Bakerloo & Piccadilly lines with the Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham and Hayes in the 2020's-onwards.

Jak Jaye   19/02/2016 at 17:29

248,000 passengers? the mind boggles its packed to the gunnel's now! will the planners ever learn the more trains=more passengers=more overcrowding and if the mess that was once one of London's great stations is anything to go by old Isambard must be spinning in his grave!

Jono   22/02/2016 at 12:53

I'm sure it will be great in the end but will any additional services be provided on the Hammersmith and City Line to help deal with the fallout from 88,000 people being unable to use the Bakerloo line? We still need to get to work you know and I don't fancy queuing outside the H&C line station for trains every 7-8 minutes!!

Bren BRMF   24/02/2016 at 01:43

One thing i have never understood with Paddington Bakerloo line is why there are only 2 escalators. Stations such a Tooting Broadway, Vauxhall and such are equipped with 3 so why not Paddington, the station is a nightmare to exit from at the best of times. Surely this would be a pefect time to start installation of a central escalator ?

Peter Colman   24/02/2016 at 23:20

I can not believe proper alternative provision has not been made. There should be a permanent stream of free shuttle buses running between Edgware Road and Paddington to carry the commuter load !

Bren BRMF   25/02/2016 at 01:50

Peter, a fleet of shuttle buses would be pointless, due to all the road closures around Paddington for Crossrail works and other utilties, the trafffic is already a nightmare with normal traffic. Add to that the fact that Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) is a lift only station it would never be able to cope

Melvyn   01/03/2016 at 21:43

Peter Route 205 already links Paddington to both Marylebone and Baker Street Stations and even Regents Park Station on the Bakerloo line as to whether extra buses will be needed will be something TFL will need to decide. The point re missing middle escalator is valid . Although I have read the upgrade to Bakerloo Line entrance linked to former post office site development may include additional missing escalator. Frankly the existence of fixed stairs instead of middle escalators should have been dealt with years ago !

Jamesup   08/03/2016 at 07:57

This sounds familiar - ah yes: "I am writing to let you know that from Sunday 29 June [2014] until late August, there will be no entry to the Bakerloo line at Paddington Tube station. This is while we carry out planned improvement work on both escalators as part of our Tube improvements. To minimise disruption, we will work on one escalator at a time, keeping an up escalator in service. This will enable customers coming from the Bakerloo line to exit or change lines throughout the period. For safety reasons, the central staircase will not be available to access the Bakerloo line platforms. If you normally start your Bakerloo line journey at Paddington, please use nearby Edgware Road Tube station. Alternatively use the Circle or Hammersmith & City line from Paddington and change at Baker Street for the Bakerloo line." So we had a two month closure just two years ago, and now we're doing it again? And still no third escalator? This seems seriously lacking.

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