This time lapse video shows Crossrail, London Underground and Network Rail working side by side at Paddington station during a three week blockade of the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines last summer.
The blockade was essential for the construction of Paddington station's new taxi facilities and eventual relocation of taxis from Departures Road. Only when the taxis are relocated can the construction of the new Crossrail Paddington Station begin in earnest. In addition, this blockade was required for the new Hammersmith & City line station.
We accomplished a large amount during the blockade, including the demolition of a disused taxi ramp and a canopy that sits above the Hammersmith & City line platforms, platform extension works to accommodate new longer, air-conditioned trains, installing energy efficient conductor rail and track replacement and drainage works.
In addition, a redundant London Underground ticket hall, a cable bridge and a lift shaft were demolished and an old staircase on Network Rail platform 13/14. Crossrail also undertook piling work on the Hammersmith & City line platforms during this period for the new station’s foundations. London Underground also took advantage of the blockade to carry out essential renewal and upgrade works, which otherwise would have required weekend closures.