Crossrail has set out plans to develop and enhance the public spaces around stations in a number of outer London boroughs. The proposed designs will include new landscaped areas, better way-finding and enhanced integration with other transport services.
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Urban Realm Designers | Crossrail
The existing welcome for station users at West Drayton is poor. Passengers need to negotiate a busy bus route along narrow footways and a space that lacks any amenities. The station is located immediately south of the Grand Union Canal, but is almost entirely cut off from the waterfront.
The urban realm proposals aim to achieve a high-quality gateway experience by creating a new canal-side pocket park next to the station with tree planting, public seating and steps down to the water’s edge.
Station Approach, up to the station’s main entrance, will benefit from the introduction of continuous step-free footway on both sides, the traffic management is simplified and its visual impact is softened. A new space adjacent to the station will include a cycle hub and an enlarged and relocated bus shelter, which will leave more room for passing pedestrians.
Outside the rear entrance of West Drayton station, the scheme will create a shared surface at the vehicle turnaround point, which will make it easier to access the station building by following pedestrian ‘desire lines’. Other improvements here include an enlarged forecourt area outside of the station entrance, public seating, a small amount of cycle parking, and tree planting.
Gallery - urban realm proposals for West Drayton
Urban Realm Designers | Urban Movement / Mott MacDonald
The existing Hayes and Harlington station building is located on the bridge over the railway tracks. A new larger Crossrail station will be built just north of the existing site. The local area is largely made up of low density, suburban housing, with the exception of the recent High Point Village residential development, the first of a number of developments set to substantially change the character of the station environs.
Though Hayes Town Centre and the station are within easy walking distance of each other, the lack of clear visual links between the two, allied to the relatively poor quality of walking routes, means that they feel very separate from each other.
The urban realm design proposals include a number of options which ‘future proof’ the area for the large scale developments that are likely to come forward. Each option creates a new public space in the triangle site between the proposed station building and High Point Village. They improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity to the station in all directions through better pedestrian crossings, continuous cycle lanes, tree planting, higher quality materials and safer junctions. The scheme will also provide step-free accessibility between the station and the proposed major developments to the west, via a ramp from Station Road to Blyth Road, which provides a more direct route for those who are less mobile.