Crossrail has submitted proposals for improvements to Goodmayes station for approval.
The proposed improvements, which will be delivered by Network Rail, have been submitted to the London Borough of Redbridge and include:
- Three new lifts to provide step free access to all platforms
- Platform extensions to ensure that the station can accommodate the new, 200m long Crossrail trains
- New platform lighting
In addition to these upgrades, Crossrail has been working with Redbridge Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
From 31 May 2015, Transport for London (TfL) will begin operating the existing rolling stock between Shenfield in Essex and Liverpool Street. In 2017, new Crossrail rolling stock will be introduced on the line. In 2019, when the Crossrail route fully opens, passengers will be able to travel right through central London without having to change trains.
From 2019, the journey from Goodmayes to Bond Street will take 29 minutes and passengers will be able to reach Heathrow in 57 minutes.
Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Redbridge – better stations, new trains and quicker journeys. Passengers will be able to travel right through central London without having to change trains, making it quicker and easier for them to get to a whole range of destinations across London and the South East.”
Councillor Helen Coomb, Redbridge Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration said: “The planned improvements to Goodmayes station are welcomed and if approved should, together with the eventual introduction of Crossrail services and new state of the art trains, transform the experience of local commuters. The improvements will make travel safer and more attractive for our residents, businesses and visitors to Redbridge, including disabled passengers and others with reduced mobility.”
When TfL takes over the Shenfield to Liverpool Street services in May 2015, there will be staff at every station at all times that trains are running, better accessibility provision, full integration with TfL customer information channels and with TfL fares and ticketing.
TfL will also put in place a phased programme of deep cleaning and painting the stations and introducing help points, CCTV, gate lines and better lighting and customer information. Ahead of the new Crossrail trains being introduced TfL will clean up the existing trains and refresh them inside and out within six months of taking over the services.
For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network.
The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.