Paddington station has undergone the most significant transformation since the completion of the original building in 1854. A busy terminus for local, regional and international passengers, the new station 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 surface-level entrances into the station via a new pedestrianised public realm.
A 90 metre clear opening - a unique feature for urban underground station design – is covered by a dramatic steel and glass canopy eight metres above Departures Road that lets natural light flood down to the station. The open void allows natural air to circulate through the station.
Printed onto the 120 metre long canopy is a bespoke work of art by American artist Spencer Finch. The ‘Cloud Index’ creates a picture of the sky which appears 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.
Departures Road, once a busy taxi rank, has been transformed into a welcoming urban realm, with a stone-paved street, benches and customer information screens beneath the 120 metre long canopy, and access to the Main Line station Platform 1 through the Crossrail arch or Clock arch (in which the statue of Paddington bear resides). Departures Road connects to Eastbourne Terrace, providing access to busses and taxis.
Passengers descend from the Departures Road level entrances into a spacious ticket hall, designed with the same 10-foot grid as the original station alongside. The ticket hall features a series of eight flared elliptical columns, clad in bronze to head height, which carry the weight of the structure and dark, anodised ‘Lily pad’ light fittings are embedded into concrete ceiling coffers.
At platform level, there is an additional interchange, with direct access to the Bakerloo line.
The construction of the new station was made possible by the earlier “Paddington Integrated Project” which relocated the taxi rank to the north of the station in a purpose-built facility. Also included in this project was a rebuilt Hammersmith & City line station, topped with a green roof, and a new entrance onto a new canal-side plaza including seating. The Paddington Integrated Project was completed in 2012.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has worked with Westminster Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
- Step-free from street to train
- 20m below ground
- 208m passenger platform length
- 174,000 passengers predicted per day on the Elizabeth line
- 34 trains per hour (peak, 24 east and 10 west)
- Interchange: Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, National Rail
DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE
Learn more about how the station has been designed as a bright and easy to navigate space, with design elements inspired by the historic Brunel and Wyatt mainline station in this video with Rob Naybour, Founding Partner, and Raffaela Rospo, Senior Associate from Weston Williamson + Partners.
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Gallery - Paddington station
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM PADDINGTON
When the full route opens, 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.