Crossrail has set out plans to develop and enhance the public spaces around a number of outer London stations. 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 | John McAslan + Partners / WSP Group
Maidenhead railway station is a major gateway to the town with around 3.5 million people passing through it each year. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has identified the station and environs as an ‘opportunity area’ to help focus regeneration and development. It has prioritised the delivery of a new transport hub at the railway station.
Crossrail and RBWM have developed a set of urban realm proposals for the immediate station area that acknowledge the ambition to create a strong physical connection between the station and the town centre. The main proposals include the creation of a new landscaped plaza to the front of the station to help provide a positive experience for passengers arriving in Maidenhead by rail.
The King Street and Queen Street junction layout is reconfigured to create a vastly improved pedestrian experience and improve connectivity between the station and town centre with little impact on traffic flows.
Gallery - Maidenhead Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | Atkins
In recent years the southern forecourt to the Grade II listed station has been improved. In contrast, the northern forecourt is somewhat neglected and is poorly utilised as a public space and arrival point to the town. Most of the space is given over to car parking and the forecourt surfaces are of poor quality with little footway space.
The arrival of Crossrail at Slough will support the borough’s ambitious Heart of Slough regeneration project that includes a striking new bus station, cultural facilities and office developments as well as major new highway and streetscape improvements.
The scheme will create a simple and adaptable pedestrian-friendly place and a suitable setting for the listed station building. The existing carriageway surfaces will be designed to be shared by vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in a safe and low speed environment and facilities for a taxi pick-up and drop-off point, disabled parking and bus services will also be included.
Urban Realm Designers | Crossrail
The limited proportions of the forecourt at Brentwood station’s main entrance, coupled with a number of inactive boundaries create a stark environment. The positioning of a bus interchange directly to the north of the station entrance further restricts the adjoining pedestrian environment. A secondary entrance is located on Alexander Road, next to the station’s car park.
The urban realm proposal will provide a transformative change through a combination of small and medium sized improvements. One of the most crucial will see the existing bus interchange partially relocated to Alexandra Road, close to the station’s secondary entrance.
By reducing the scale of the bus stop outside the station’s main entrance, the size of the forecourt and width of the footway to the north can be increased. This in turn will allow for secure cycle parking to be introduced into the forecourt area. The existing pelican crossing on Kings Road will be moved slightly to the north in order to reflect pedestrian ‘desire lines’ towards the station’s car park.
Urban Realm Designers | Crossrail
Shenfield is at the eastern end of the Crossrail route and an interchange with connecting rail services to the east of England.
The station’s forecourt is located on the south side of Hutton Road, and is arranged around a taxi rank and an informal pick-up and drop-off point. The area is dominated by vehicles and is not an easy environment for station users. There is currently only one bus stop on either side of Hutton Road to serve both normal and rail replacement bus services.
Central to the design proposals is the creation of a new piazza directly in front of the station entrance. The taxi and pick-up and drop-off point will be relocated and bus stops on Hutton Road will be lengthened to cope with the forecasted increase in passenger use. From the new piazza a raised table extending across Hutton Road will calm traffic and enhance pedestrian movement. Excess street clutter is removed along Hutton Road and new trees are proposed along both footways to soften the pedestrian environment.