Crossrail has submitted proposals for a new station building at Hayes & Harlington to Hillingdon Council for approval.
The distinctive new glass and steel structure is intended to create a landmark that will be much more visible and prominent than the existing station. A bright, spacious ticket hall will provide a more welcoming environment and a range of other improvements will be made to the station, including:
- A new footbridge with four new lifts to provide step free access to every platform
- A new waiting room on platform 4/5
- Platform extensions and new and replacement canopies
- New lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV.
The new building, designed by Bennetts Associates, will be situated immediately to the north of the existing station and will replace a commercial property currently on the site. From the end of 2017, it will be run by Transport for London as part of London’s integrated transport network.
Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “Our proposals are for a modern, prominent building that properly reflects the importance of the station to the area. A bright, spacious ticket hall and other major upgrades will make using the station a much better experience for the thousands of people who pass through every day.”
Julian Lipscombe, Director of Bennetts Associates said: “Our design is intended to create an elegant new focal point and regeneration catalyst for Hayes & Harlington. The signature projecting roof not only establishes a civic presence but also draws all directions of approach together into a legible and uplifting route through the glazed ticket hall to the platforms beyond.”
When Transport for London-run Crossrail fully opens in 2019, up to ten services an hour in each direction will serve Hayes & Harlington station, allowing passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains. The journey to Bond Street will be 15 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Canary Wharf will be able to reduce their journey time by 17 minutes.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with Hillingdon Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. The proposals would create a new public space in Station Approach by improving pedestrian and cycle connectivity to the station through better pedestrian crossings, continuous cycle lanes, tree planting, and safer junctions.