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Network Rail Awards Final West London Station Upgrade Contracts For Crossrail Project

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Rail Professional.

The stations are Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Southall, Hayes & Harlington and West Drayton.

New buildings and step-free access is planned to be completed by December 2020.


About time!

May 9, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

West Drayton Station – 3rd May 2019

I  took these pictures at West Drayton station.

Look at the bridge. It is very little different to this picture, which was taken in 2015.

Stairs have been added, but there is no sign of the lifts.

It is surely obvious to the around two million passengers who use the station every year, that little progress is being made at West Drayton station.

Obviously, it was not obvious to Sadiq Khan and his advisers sitting in their bunker South of the River!

He should remember, that he’s a Mayor for all Londoners and not those, who voted him in as an MP.

If there’s a North London candidate in the next Mayoral Election, they will get my vote, even if they’re from the Moster Raving Looney Party!

May 4, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 1 Comment

West Drayton Station – 26th April 2018

I took these pictures at West Drayton station.

The station appeared to be staffed by TfL and they certainly had installed TfL’s new ticket machines.

April 26, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

West Drayton Station – 29th March 2018

These pictures show the progress at West Drayton station.

There’s still quite a bit of work to do.

March 29, 2018 Posted by | Transport | | Leave a comment

West Drayton Station – 28th February 2016

This pictures show progress at West Drayton station.

It does appear that there has been significant progress in changing the tracks to the East of the station.

The track work will bring the disused Platform 5 into use. This is the most northerly platform.

February 28, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

West Drayton Station – 27th April 2015

These pictures show the progress at West Drayton station.

Unlike at New Cross Gate, the bridge was built off-site and then lifted into position. This page on the Crossrail web site has a picture of the lift.

This is a Google Earth image of the area round West Drayton station.

West Drayton Station

West Drayton Station

Note the Grand Junction Canal, which will surely end up as a water-feature at the station.

This page on the Crossrail web site describes how the final station will look.

In the Google Earh image you will notice there are five platform faces, numbered 1 to 5 up the image. 1 and 2 face the two fast lines and 3 and 4 the slow ones. Platform 5 is not used at present and is anyway blocked by the reconstruction of the station. Will it be used in the future?

April 27, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

An Aerial Look At West Drayton Station

In my visit to West Drayton station, I also noted a railway line going away from the main line towards the North West.

West Drayton Station

West Drayton Station

In this aerial view you can clearly see it branching away at the station, which is marked by the red arrow. It then curves round to go under the Great Western Main Line in a Southerly direction, at the far left of the picture.

This is the Staines and West Drayton Railway and the northern section from West Drayton to Colnbrook is still used by freight trains. Some take fuel to a depot near Heathrow.

It seems to me over the last few years, there have been several proposals to improve the links from places like Reading and the West and Waterloo and South London, some of which pass through this area. But none seem to build on and improve this line.

We know that trains will be able to get from Reading and the West to Heathrow, but all projects to Waterloo and South London like Airtrack, seem to have foundered  until now.

On the other hand, when Crossrail and Thameslink are fully operational in 2019, it looks like the journey time between East Croydon and Heathrow, changing at Farringdon will be around an hour. Currently, it looks like it’s a couple of minutes over an hour and a half, with two changes. Fast times need a trip on the expensive Heathrow Express.

I think that the only certainty is that in the next ten years or so, Heathrow and Crossrail/Thameslink will have a tremendous influence on railways in the vicinity of West London.



October 20, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail – West Drayton

This Will Be A Charming Station – Rating 6/10

West Drayton has definitely seen better days, but as the pictures show, creating a new station from a collection of pretty good buildings is well under way.

Crossrail’s plans for outside the station look impressive and link the station to the Grand Union Canal. This is said.

The urban realm proposals aim to achieve a high-quality gateway experience by creating a new canal-side pocket park next to the station with tree planting, public seating and steps down to the water’s edge.

At present the station has no lifts, but I would assume the current building works will include these.

I shall be looking forward to going back to an updated West Drayton, as I suspect it will be something of which to be proud.

In fact, my persona of a few years ago will be jealous, after the number of hours I’ve spent on terrible rural stations like Dullingham and Bury St. Edmunds.

October 12, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 3 Comments