The Anonymous Widower

Before Crossrail – Acton Main Line

A Very Draughty Station – Rating 4/10

Acton Main Line station is not an attractive one and I certainly found it very draughty today.


This is a Google Map of the station.

Acton Main Line Station - Downloaded 7th July 2015

Acton Main Line Station – Downloaded 7th July 2015

It is a station that will be rebuilt for Crossrail and their plans are comprehensive.  They say this.

Crossrail is building a new Acton Main Line station just to the south of the existing building on the junction of Horn Lane and Friary Road with a location and orientation that creates a new station forecourt east of the station and a new space to the rear.

With four trains an hour under Crossrail, you won’t have to do what I did today and catch a bus to get away from the area.

I think Acton Main Line shows how areas around Crossrail stations will benefit.

October 14, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail – Ealing Broadway

More Romford Than Stratford – Rating 5/10

Ealing Broadway station will be one of the more important stations on Crossrail, ranking with Stratford. Just as Stratford will be a major interchange with suburban rail, the Overground, the Underground, the DLR and buses in the East, Ealing Broadway will in a slightly lesser fashion perform a similar role in the West.

This is a Google Map of the station.

Ealing Broadway Station - Downloaded 7th July 2015

Ealing Broadway Station – Downloaded 7th July 2015

At the moment, the station is rather a jumble of connections, with none of the elegance of Stratford or Reading. It’s got a lot of the run-down feel of Romford or Ilford.

Ealing deserves better and this station has been through a major rethink in recent months. But will there be the right connectivity between Crossrail and the Underground?

Suppose you want to get between Wimbledon or Richmond and Heathrow. Transport for London, recommend getting a bus for the first and going to Paddington for the second.

So London gets a new fifteen billion pound railway and it doesn’t easily connect to where it is needed.

I would assume that if Ealing gets full step-free interchanging between all lines, some of this will be easier, but connecting to Richmond probably needs a new Crossrail station at Old Oak Common connecting to the North London Line. Wimbledon would hopefully be a change at Farringdon onto Thameslink.

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Before Crossrail – West Ealing

An Untidy Smaller Station – Rating 3/10

West Ealing station is due a major refurbishment for Crossrail, with the details given here.

Crossrail also have their usual ambitious plans for outside the station. They say this.

Crossrail will relocate the station from its existing position on Drayton Green Road, which carries significant through-traffic, to Manor Road – a quieter side street.

This would seem sensible, as this would make the station entrance nearer to the shopping street.


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Before Crossrail – Hanwell

A Relic From The Past – Rating 3/10

Hanwell station is very much a relic of a time long passed. With a sympathetic refurbishment, it would have a style not unlike that of Birmingham Moor Street.

The station like Slough is a Grade 2 Listed building, but as the pictures show, except for the flowers, very little is what passengers expect these days.

It must have the worst staircases on any station in the UK.

On the other hand a fellow passenger, who was speaking what sounded like an East European language into his phone and to his child, thought it was rather a nice station with lots of heritage.

Finding the station was also difficult and on their web site Crossrail feels Hanwell is very much a station, where a good job can be done. They say this.

Hanwell station is a smaller and comparatively lightly-used station located in a predominantly residential area on a quiet street some distance away from the nearest major road. Despite the attractiveness of the Grade II listed station and the nearby houses, the streetscape generally suffers from inconsistent paving quality and a lack of step-free pedestrian crossings.

It will be a challenge to get this station fit for the twenty-first century.

Ealing Borough Council are also pushing to open up the station on the other side of the tracks. It would certainly make it easier to find the station.

October 14, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 2 Comments

A Cure For Obesity

There was a discussion on BBC Radio 5 yesterday about the link between obesity and lack of exercise. So I texted in my four pennyworth.

I’m going away for a few days, so I cleared up the junk mail in my hall. There was enough from fast food restaurants to heat my house for a couple of days. Perhaps if you’re obese you could be sentenced to delivering these leaflets, as the exercise might help.

The program liked it and read it out.

But on a serious note, should it be made illegal for fast food companies to distribute leaflets through peoples doors without a paid-off licence.

Perhaps someone should be paid to distribute simple recipes through the doors.

How many people receiving a very tasty and healthy recipe from say Sainsburys, would actually buy the food and cook it?

I’ve lived with only two women for most of my life; my mother and my wife. Neither were innovative cooks and often we ate the same food in rotation. As an example, I can’t remember either finding a recipe in the paper or seeing it on the television and then cooking it.

I may lack cooking skills, but I am not unadventurous, so if I see a simple recipe, I’ll often buy the ingredients and cook it.

Perhaps to improve the food in this country, we all need to be less afraid of experimenting.

Last night I cooked this simple fish recipe from Mary Berry. Tonight, I’ll cook a sausage and bean casserole from Lyndsey Bareham in The Times. This gives me two portions, one for tonight and one for the fridge. As I’m going away tomorrow until Friday, the second portion will be there ready when I return late on Friday, if I need it.


October 14, 2014 Posted by | Food, Health | | Leave a comment