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Major improvement plans for Acton Main Line station unveiled

By Peter MacLennan

Major improvement plans for Acton Main Line station unveiled

Network Rail has submitted proposals for a new station building at Acton Main Line to Ealing Council for approval.

The proposals for a bright, modern, spacious new ticket hall are part of the Crossrail project in preparation for the arrival of Elizabeth line services. The striking new glass and steel structure, designed by Bennetts Associates on behalf of Network Rail, will be located on Horn Lane.

A range of other major improvements will be made to the station, including:

  • New lifts to provide step-free access to every platform
  • Platform extensions to accommodate the new 200 metre long trains
  • New platform canopies, lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV

The transformation of the station will be carried out by Network Rail as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan. From the end of 2017 the station will be run by Transport for London as part of London’s integrated transport network.

Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail said: “Our proposed design will completely transform Acton Main Line station and provide a greatly enhanced passenger experience for those using the station. The ticket office will be light and airy and the station will be fully accessible, with new lifts providing step-free access from street level to trains.”

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “The Crossrail project will provide a step change in public transport for people in the area – new trains, quicker journeys and a brand new station at Acton Main Line. The new service will provide fast and reliable journeys to the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.”

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “It is getting very exciting as the arrival of Crossrail draws nearer. Ealing is one of only two London boroughs which will have five Crossrail stations. It will bring huge economic benefits and we are working closely with Crossrail to ensure that the new stations are well-designed, innovative and accessible so that travelling is a speedy and pleasant experience. That is why it is particularly pleasing to see that the new Acton station will have lifts to every platform.”

David Laing, Studio Director at Bennetts Associates said: “The new station building will address the junction of Horn Lane and Friary Road. The design creates a tall, naturally lit ticket hall with clearly defined routes to the platforms. Housed within a transparent glazed pavilion, its distinctive structure and canopied frontage will make it recognisable as one of a family of new Crossrail stations designed by Bennetts Associates through west London.”

When the new railway fully opens in 2019, four Elizabeth line services an hour in each direction will serve Acton Main Line station, allowing passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains. Passengers will be able to get to Bond Street in 9 minutes and Liverpool Street in 16 minutes, while the journey to Canary Wharf will take 23 minutes.

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For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email pressoffice@crossrail.co.uk

About Crossrail and Network Rail:

Network Rail is a key partner in delivering the Crossrail project. It is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of the route that are on the existing rail network. Network Rail’s work, which will integrate the new rail tunnels beneath London with the existing rail network, includes upgrades to track, major civil engineering projects, new overhead electrification equipment and improvements to stations and bridges.

The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.

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