Paddington Station

Paddington Station

In building Paddington Station, the Victorians achieved a fantastic sense of arrival and evoked the excitement of rail travel.

International passengers arrive at Paddington from Heathrow and the station needs to impress.  To sustain this does not require huge scale or expense, but does need well-designed and proportioned spaces to be constructed within budget. The existing Paddington station is a central London railway terminus and London Underground station complex served by four underground lines – the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, District and Circle lines.  Departrures Road is to the south, while the northern perimeter is bounded by the Grand Union Canal.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel – a legendary figure in the growth of British railways – was 29 years old when given the contract to build the First Great Western line from Bristol to Paddington. Bristol commerce were concerned that Liverpool would become the major port for America since a railway was being built from Liverpool to London. The current mainline station opened in 1854. The site was first served by Underground trains in 1863, and was the original western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first underground railway. An average of 26,500 passengers used the line every day.

The existing station is Grade 1 listed, which means Crossrail cannot interfere with any part of the listed structure without prior permission from English Heritage. The application process required to realise permissions is lengthy and can take a number of months to be granted, hence advance detailed planning is necessary to avoid delays to the programme.

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Paddington Integrated Project

The Paddington Integrated Project (PIP) represents a close collaboration between Crossrail, London Underground, Network Rail and Transport for London to create a truly integrated station that offers a superior passenger experience with easy interchanges. 

The project was established in 2008, enabling works began in 2009 and main construction in 2010.

PIP works include the following:

  • A new Hammersmith & City line station which will ease the existing over-crowding. The new station will provide space for future growth in passenger numbers, enhanced quality of access, interchange and ambience.
  • An improved new pedestrian entrance from the canal towpath to both Paddington mainline station and the new Hammersmith & City line station.
  • A new taxi facility on the east of the existing station with access to the mainline station by lifts and escalators and a new taxi access ramp from Bishop’s Bridge Road. (opened in February 2012).
  • Provision for a future commercial development above the new Hammersmith & City line station and the site adjacent to the existing canal towpath 

Tube upgrade plan

Paddington Hammersmith and City line station is being rebuilt to cope with increasing demand.  More than 60,000 passengers currently use the Hammersmith & City station every day, with demand growing as a result of the extension of the Circle line to Hammersmith.

When Crossrail services begin in 2018, passenger numbers will increase further. 

To help prepare for this demand, Transport for London plan to deliver a number of improvements:

  • A new station entrance from the Paddington Basin
  • A new station concourse
  • A new ticket office, ticketing machines and ticket gates (including wide aisle gates)
  • Lifts to the platforms and three stairways where there is currently only one
  • Extended platforms to accommodate new, longer air-conditioned trains
  • Improved CCTV and Security

Work is scheduled to finish in 2013.

Visit the TfL website for more information about the Tube upgrade works.

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