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Paddington station

Paddington station

Paddington station is undergoing the most significant transformation since the completion of the original building in 1853. A busy terminus for local, regional and international passengers, the opening of the new station in December 2018 will increase capacity at this major interchange.

Built to the south of Brunel’s iconic 19th Century station, directly below Eastbourne Terrace and Departures Road, the new station spans three levels with two entrances into the station via a new pedestrianised public realm.

A 90 metre clear opening - a unique feature for urban underground station design – will be covered by a dramatic steel and glass canopy eight metres above the ground that will let natural light flood down to the station platform. The open void will allow for natural air to circulate through the station.

Printed onto the 120 metre long canopy will be a bespoke work of art by American artist Spencer Finch. The ‘Cloud Index’ will create a picture of the sky which will appear to change according to the light, the direction of the sun and the time of day in the tradition of artists such as Constable and Turner.

Cloud Index GIF

At street level, a stone-paved street with informal benches will be lined with shops and cafes on the station side creating a destination in itself. From there passengers can walk into the Main Line station or descend the escalators to the Elizabeth line.

At platform level a series of eight flared elliptical columns, clad in bronze to head height at their base, carry the weight of the structure and dark, anodised ‘Lily pad’ light fittings are embedded into concrete ceiling coffers.

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The construction of the new station has been made possible by the earlier “Paddington Integrated Project” which opened up the north side of the station with a spacious new concourse next to the canal basin at Paddington Waterside. The project, which was completed in 2012, included a new Hammersmith & City line station and new taxi facility.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with Westminster Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. Early proposals were published in 2014.

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The Elizabeth line Paddington station will open in December 2018 when services will run through central London and terminate at Abbey Wood in the east.

When the route fully opens in December 2019, passengers will be able to catch Elizabeth line services from Paddington to Heathrow and Reading in the west and Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.





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Current Works

Eastbourne Terrace

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Description of work:

We would like to give you advance notification of our proposed schedule of Eastbourne Terrace road closures. The closures are essential for deliveries of x74 precast Brickslip panels to be installed along the north wall ticket hall void. We will also take delivery of sections making up the main lift-shaft. The table below shows the dates of the closures, Eastbourne Terrace will be re-opened once it is safe to do so. Pedestrian access to the footway and properties along Eastbourne Terrace will be maintained at all times.

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Eastbourne Terrace

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Description of work:

The overnight closures (10pm – 5am) of Eastbourne Terrace to facilitate Brickslip Panel installation should be completed by the end of shift at 05:00 on Thursday 24 November if not before. We would now like to give you further notification of the next confirmed dates Eastbourne Terrace is required to be road to traffic. The road closures are required to allow a mobile crane to be positioned on the carriageway of Eastbourne Terrace in order to lift in the sections that make up the 15 escalators that will be part of the new station. The escalators will be delivered in sections and pieced together on site each weekend from the weekend of Saturday 19 November. The mobile crane will need to take the weight of the escalator sections as they are manoeuvred carefully onto the site. The crane will be idle at various times as the sections are meticulously pieced together by the team before they are lowered into the station box. The installation plan will start with the escalators to be placed on the platform levels (furthest point) and then the following escalators will be installed in sequence as the team works their way out of the station box. The table below shows the dates of the closures, Eastbourne Terrace will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so. Pedestrian access to the footway and properties along Eastbourne Terrace will be maintained at all times.

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London Street

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Description of work:

You may be aware that as part of the Crossrail project, London Underground (LU) has started the construction of the Bakerloo Line Link (BLL). The BLL is a passenger subway between the new Crossrail Paddington station platforms on Eastbourne Terrace and the LU Bakerloo line platforms. The BLL is scheduled to open in 2018 along with the Crossrail central London service.

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10 New Stations

New Crossrail stations will be constructed at Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood.