The Anonymous Widower

Southall Station – 28th August 2021

Southall station is now another station, that is ready for Elizabeth!

I took these pictures this morning.

Note.

  1. It appears all four current platforms will be getting step-free access with lifts.
  2. The leg of the bridge to Platform 1 hasn’t been completed, although the lift tower is in place.
  3. The station signage is bi-lingual; English and Punjabi.
  4. A new modern station building has been added to the North of the original station building, which opened in 1839.
  5. A level walkway runs between  the new station building and the footbridge.

This Google Map shows the station.

Note.

  1. This image was taken during building of the footbridge.
  2. The new station building and the walkway to the footbridge don’t appear to have been erected at the time of the image.
  3. The Southern pair of lines are the fast lines that go through Platforms 1 and 2.
  4. The Northern pair of lines are the slow lines that go through Platforms 3 and 4, which will be used by Crossrail.
  5. There is a fifth unused platform face, that shares the island and the stairs and future lift with Platform 1.

This map from cartometro.com shows the lines through the station in detail.

Note the single line coming in from the South-East is the freight-only Brentford Branch.

A Passenger Service On The Brentford Branch

It would appear that, when the builders complete the step-free footbridge at Southall station, that there will be a step-free interchange between Crossrail and any future passenger service on the Brentford Branch.

I feel that the Brentford Branch would be ideal for one of Adrian Shooter‘s Pop-Up-Metros, that would use Vivarail‘s Class 230 trains or similar.

In its simplest form a train would just shuttle between Brentford and the unnumbered fifth platform at Southall station.

August 28, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. The new building looks to be a great improvement on the very cramped original. However, one major access problem remains – the narrow pavement along the busy road into Southall town centre. If the FB were to be extended past the back of the gurdwara on to Park Avenue we could have a much safer route to the wonderful alternative universe that is Southall. And why do all new railway buildings have to be in the most miserable, depressing shade of grey? It negates all the advantages of modern structures with more light. It represents a total failure of design awareness – because, no doubt, it was ‘designed’ by engineers who have never been taught the rudiments of aesthetics.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | August 28, 2021 | Reply

  2. I have a feeling that there’s a new crossing to get to the new housing on the gas works site, that is not open yet. Certainly, there’s still work being done on the road. Note the pimply area in front of the station for PRMs. I think there will be a light-controlled crossing there.

    As to the grey, it’s the same colour used in submarines. It’s supposed to calm people down.

    Comment by AnonW | August 28, 2021 | Reply

  3. This is the most worthwhile upgrade along the Elizabeth line route the previous station was shockingly cramped for the usage levels it had.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | August 29, 2021 | Reply

  4. The station also seems to get four tph all day, which helps the overcrowding. Even on a Saturday it was busy!

    Comment by AnonW | August 29, 2021 | Reply


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