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Go ahead for new larger station building at Southall

By Nick Mann

Go ahead for new larger station building at Southall

Proposals for a major overhaul of Southall station as part of the Crossrail programme have been approved by Ealing Council.

The proposals, designed by Bennetts Associates, are for an elegant glass and steel structure that will let in natural light, creating a bright, airy and welcoming environment for passengers. A new forecourt will make it much easier for passengers to get in and out of the station and avoid congestion at the entrance. 

A range of other improvements will be made to the station, including:

  • A new footbridge with three new lifts to provide step-free access to every platform
  • Platform extensions so the station can accommodate the new 200m long Crossrail trains
  • New lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV.

The work will be carried out by Network Rail and is due to begin this summer and will last around 2 years. From the end of 2017, the station will be run by Transport for London as part of London’s integrated transport network.

Crossrail has also been working with Ealing Council and Network Rail to help develop plans for improvements around both the new and existing station buildings which can be implemented when the new station building has opened.

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “The Crossrail improvements will transform the station and deliver a larger building that will serve local people for many decades to come. The designs show a bright, spacious structure that will be easier for passengers to get around and will provide a focal point for the local area.”

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “We have worked closely with Crossrail to ensure that the design of the station in Southall is innovative as well as being practical. The new design makes it as easy as possible for passengers to use, while also making a significant improvement to the town centre in line with the regeneration work that is already well underway in the area. It is clear that the new station and the arrival of Crossrail will bring long lasting benefits not only for commuters but for the area as a whole.”

David Laing, Studio Director at Bennetts Associates, said: “The design of the new station will provide light and spacious facilities for passengers - from its canopied street frontage, through the double-height ticket hall to the route to the platforms - its transparency and lighting enabling clear views through the building during the day and at night. It will be recognisable as one of a family of new Crossrail stations designed by Bennetts Associates about to emerge through west London.”

When Transport for London-run Crossrail fully opens in 2019, up to ten services an hour in each direction will serve Southall station, allowing passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains. Passengers will be able to get to Bond Street in 17 minutes and the journey to Canary Wharf will take 31 minutes.

By improving transport links, Crossrail is already unlocking development opportunities in west London, encouraging investment and supporting local jobs and businesses. Almost half of planning applications (44%) within a kilometre of the five stations in the London Borough of Ealing cited the new railway as a justification for the development proceeding.

An example of a development that has cited Crossrail as a key factor includes the Southall Gas Works. The 83 hectare brownfield site has outline planning permission for a development of 3,750 homes and 525,000 square feet of commercial and community space and a primary school.

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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.