The Anonymous Widower

Are The Bakerloo Line Platforms At Paddington Ready For Step-Free Access And Crossrail?

I took these pictures on the Bakerloo Line platforms at Paddington station.


  1. The blue hoardings have gone.
  2. The decorations appear finished.
  3. There are a set of locked fire-doors in the centre of the platforms. Where do they lead?
  4. The signs by the doors, have big white spaces, which cry out for graffiti or direction signs.

It all fits with Crossrail opening within a year as I wrote about in Crossrail Service To Reading On Track For December Opening.

Many of the extra passengers will head for the Underground, so complete their journeys. So opening Crossrail to Reading with a step-free connection to the Bakerloo Line makes sense.

April 16, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. This link was meant to open along with the Central London section of Crossrail last December.

    The question is whether they could open this link in order to make Bakerloo Line step free at Paddington by opening small section of the Eastbourne Terrace Crossrail Station ahead of opening of rail service.

    For accessibility purposes will trains and platforms have level access on Bakerloo Line platform.

    Comment by Melvyn | April 16, 2019 | Reply

  2. There will be lifts to the surface at the Bakerloo Line end.

    This post links to a presentation, which shows a lift shaft.

    I think that access between trainand platform is not too bad. I used it today and didn’t take a picture!

    Comment by AnonW | April 16, 2019 | Reply

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