A new ticket hall and lifts to enable step-free access have opened to passengers at Ealing Broadway station following improvement works.
The station improvement works were completed by Network Rail, on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) who oversee the station, and form part of efforts to improve accessibility for users across the network.
Alongside the step-free access, Ealing Broadway station is staffed at all times when trains are running, with ramps available for those who need them to board trains.
The station services TfL Rail, London Underground (District and Central lines) and Great Western Railways routes.
Ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line, TfL has worked to improve accessibility at stations across its network, with Ealing Broadway being the latest to reach this milestone after significant transformation works.
As part of these works, platforms at the station were extended - in order to be capable of accommodating the longer Elizabeth line trains, which are more than 200m in length.
Improved lighting, signage and customer information screens have also been installed to improve customer experience at the station.
Ealing Broadway station was originally opened in 1879.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “I’m pleased that upgrades to Ealing Broadway, a crucial interchange station on the rail network, have been completed. This is a Victorian station transformed for modern passengers ahead of the Elizabeth line opening.”
Andy Lord, Managing Director of London Underground, added: “Ealing Broadway is a crucial interchange on the TfL network for TfL Rail, London Underground and Great Western Railway customers.
“These improvements bring the Victorian station up to modern standards whilst enabling customers to make step-free journeys.
“The station is now equipped for future Elizabeth line services and more pleasant for those using the transport network now.”
The Elizabeth line is due to open in the first half of 2022. When the railway opens customers travelling on services from the west of England, Reading or Heathrow will still initially have to change trains at Paddington National Rail station and onto Elizabeth line services from the new station into central London.