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Crossrail unveils plans for major improvements to West Drayton station

By Nick Mann

Crossrail unveils plans for major improvements to West Drayton station

Crossrail has submitted proposals for major improvements at West Drayton station to Hillingdon Council for approval.

A new glass and steel extension will provide an additional entrance as well as a covered walkway between the existing building and a new footbridge. Three new lifts will provide step free access to every platform.

The designs seek to ensure that the existing Victorian building remains the focal point of the station. The glazed station extension has been designed by Bennetts Associates and the station and platform improvements will be delivered by Network Rail.

Additional upgrades include:

  • A new entrance canopy stretching across the existing building and the extension 
  • Platform extensions to ensure that the station can accommodate the new, 200m long Crossrail trains
  • A new lift to provide step free access between the subway and the new station extension
  • New lighting in the station and on the platforms
  • Improved customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV.

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in West Drayton. The improvements will ensure that the station is able to deal with more passengers and, for the first time, provide step free access to every platform. The new section of the station has been carefully designed so as not to detract from the existing, Victorian building.”

Julian Lipscombe, Director of Bennetts Associates said: “One of the delights of our commission for Crossrail is the sheer diversity of station contexts and remits that we are addressing. Our design for West Drayton extends a handsome Victorian station building with a crisp contemporary addition that fully exploits views over the adjacent Grand Union Canal. In combination, these will reinforce the distinctive sense of place and create an uplifting passenger experience.” 

From December 2017, the station will be run by Transport for London as part of London’s integrated transport network. In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with Hillingdon Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.

When Transport for London-run Crossrail fully opens in 2019, up to six services an hour will serve West Drayton station, allowing passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains. The journey to Bond Street will take 23 minutes and passengers will be able to get to Canary Wharf in 37 minutes.

The new 200m long trains will be able to carry up to 1,500 people during the rush hour and will be quicker, greener and more reliable than many of the existing trains on the network


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

About Crossrail:

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network.

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.