The London Borough of Ealing has given Crossrail the go ahead for the major overhaul of Southall station as part of Crossrail’s ongoing £100 million project to upgrade all the stations on the Western surface section of the network.
Vinci Construction will start work July 2015 on the new Southall station designed by Bennetts Associates. The existing, tired, brick building will be replaced with an elegant glass and steel structure that will let in natural light with the intention of creating a bright, airy and welcoming environment for passengers.
The current incarnation of Southall Station - Image courtesty of Wikipedia
Bennetts Associates have been involved in the project since 2004, designing all the stations as part of Crossrail’s rejuvenation of their Western network.
Primary considerations for Southall have been around tackling congestion at the entrance during peak times, and step free access to every platform. The latter will be resolved with elevators and a new footbridge.
There will also be platform extensions to accommodate Crossrail’s new 200 metre long trains, improved lighting, customer information screens, improved signage, help points and CCTV.
Southall Station of the future - Image courtesy of Bennetts Associates
Crossrail’s Surface Director, Matthew White, 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.’
Expected to take 2 years, Southall is just one of 13 stations being upgraded with the entire project due to be completed by 2019. Alongside Southall: Hayes & Harlington, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Slough stations all have work due to start in the summer of 2015.
With the completion of the tunnel excavation under London at the start of June, Crossrail are maintaining a relentless pace and, thus far, doing so on time. When work completes in 2019, it's likely that Crossrail will have been responsible for the crown jewel of the UK rail networks.
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