Western section

Western section

Network Rail is responsible for delivering the western section of the Crossrail route on the existing National Rail network.

The western section of the Crossrail route runs from Paddington in west London to Heathrow Airport and Reading. The stations on the route will undergo a number of enhancements to facilitate the new Crossrail services due to begin in 2019. This includes new station buildings at Acton Main Line, Southall, West Ealing and Hayes & Harlington and a major renovation at Ealing Broadway.

Platform extensions will allow longer, higher capacity trains to run and step-free access at the majority of stations will improve the accessibility for passengers.

There will also be major infrastructure improvements to improve the reliability of passenger services, including a new diveunder (underpass) at Acton Freight Yard, flyover at Stockley and the development of Maidenhead sidings. Several bridges along the route are also being redesigned to allow for overhead electrical cables.

Service Improvements

Crossrail will improve Great Western route suburban services by offering:

  • New and longer trains
  • Electric trains providing a quicker, cleaner, quieter and smoother journey than the current stopping diesel trains used west of Paddington
  • Journeys into the West End, City and east London without the need to change trains
  • Additional capacity and reduced overcrowding

When full service commences in 2019, Crossrail will provide ten trains per hour on the Great Western main line at peak. This will include two trains per hour to Reading, another two trains per hour to Maidenhead, four trains per hour to Heathrow and two trains per hour to West Drayton.

Other operators’ services are assumed to be:

  • 2 trains per hour from Reading calling at Twyford, Maidenhead, Slough and Ealing Broadway to Paddington;
  • 1 through train from Henley on Thames to Paddington; and
  • 1 through train from Bourne End to Paddington

Summary of minimum indicative services to central London per hour:

(The Greenford Branch will have an increased level of service in the peak hours to compensate for withdrawal of through trains to Paddington)

Station  

 Peak  

 Off Peak  

 

Crossrail  

Other Services (excluding fast services on the main line)  

Crossrail  

 Other Services (excluding fast services on the main line)  

Reading

2

2

2

Twyford 

2

2

2

2

Maidenhead

4

2

4

2

Taplow

4

-

2

-

Burnham

4

-

2

-

Slough

4

2

4

2

Langley

4

-

2

-

Iver

4

-

2

-

West Drayton

6

-

4

-

Heathrow Airport

4

4 Heathrow Express

4

4 Heathrow Express

Hayes & Harlington

10

-

8

2

Southall

10

-

8

-

Hanwell

4

-

4

-

West Ealing

4

2 Greenford

4

2 Greenford

Ealing Broadway

10

2

8

2

Acton Mainline

4

-

4

-

The detailed timetable will be determined nearer to when Crossrail services begin.

The Crossrail service levels are those permitted by the Track Access Option.  It is hoped to provide a consistent service 7-days a week at all stations Crossrail will serve.

Western Section Works Programme

Location

Enabling Works Started

Construction Starts/ Started

Works Complete

Acton Yard / Dive-under

July 2011

Sep 2011

2016

Stockley Flyover

Dec 2011

Jan 2012

2016

Maidenhead depot

Dec 2012

Apr 2013

2017

Track lowering works

Jan 2014

Jan 2014

Dec 2014

Electrification

Mar 2014

Summer 2014

Dec 2015

Maidenhead station

Dec 2013 

Oct 2014 

Sep 2016 

West Drayton station

May 2014 

Sep 2014 

June 2015 

Burnham station

July 2014 

Sep 2014 

Dec 2014 

Taplow station 

July 2014 

July 2014

Mar 2015

Langley station

Nov 2014 

Nov 2014 

Jan 2015 

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