Cross­rail to give sta­tion a ma­jor facelift

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THIS im­age shows how West Dray­ton sta­tion will look if Cross­rail’s newly-sub­mit­ted plans for im­prove­ments and an ex­ten­sion are ap­proved.

The artist’s im­pres­sion shows a new glass and steel ex­ten­sion that would pro­vide an ad­di­tional en­trance to the build­ing on Sta­tion Ap­proach, as well as a new foot­bridge.

Three new lifts would pro­vide stepfree ac­cess to all plat­forms.

The plans have now been sub­mit­ted to Hilling­don Coun­cil for ap­proval. Ad­di­tional up­grades will in­clude: A new en­trance canopy stretch­ing across the ex­ist­ing build­ing and the ex­ten­sion

Plat­form ex­ten­sions to en­sure the sta­tion can ac­com­mo­date new, 200m long Cross­rail trains;

A new lift to pro­vide step-free ac­cess be­tween the sub­way and the new sta­tion ex­ten­sion;

New light­ing in the sta­tion and on the plat­forms

Im­proved cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion screens, sta­tion sig­nage, help points and CCTV.

Cross­rail sur­face di­rec­tor Matthew White said: “Cross­rail will pro­vide a step change in pub­lic trans­port for peo­ple in West Dray­ton.

“The im­prove­ments will en­sure that the sta­tion is able to deal with more pas­sen­gers and, for the first time, pro­vide step free ac­cess to ev­ery plat­form.

“The new sec­tion of the sta­tion has been care­fully de­signed so as not to de­tract from the ex­ist­ing, Vic­to­rian build­ing.”

The ex­ten­sion has been de­signed by Ben­netts As­so­ciates and the sta­tion and plat­form im­prove­ments will be de­liv­ered by Net­work Rail.

Ben­netts As­so­ciates di­rec­tor Ju­lian Lipscombe said: “One of the de­lights of our com­mis­sion for Cross­rail is the sheer di­ver­sity of sta­tion con­texts and remits that we are ad­dress­ing.

“Our de­sign for West Dray­ton ex­tends a hand­some Vic­to­rian sta­tion build­ing with a crisp con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tion that fully ex­ploits views over the ad­ja­cent Grand Union Canal. In com­bi­na­tion, th­ese will re­in­force the dis­tinc­tive sense of place and cre­ate an up­lift­ing pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.”

From De­cem­ber 2017, the sta­tion will be run by Trans­port for London (TfL) as part of London’s in­te­grated trans­port net­work.

In ad­di­tion to the sta­tion im­prove­ments, Cross­rail has been work­ing with Hilling­don Coun­cil on pro­pos­als for im­prove­ments to the area around the sta­tion.

When Cross­rail opens fully in 2019, up to six ser­vices an hour will serve West Dray­ton sta­tion, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to travel right through cen­tral London with­out hav­ing to change trains.

The jour­ney to Bond Street will take 23 min­utes and pas­sen­gers will be able to get to Ca­nary Wharf in 37 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to Cross­rail.

The company says the new trains will be able to carry up to 1,500 peo­ple dur­ing rush hour and will be quicker, greener and more re­li­able than many of the ex­ist­ing trains on the net­work.

IM­PROVE­MENT: An artist’s im­pres­sion of how West Dray­ton sta­tion would look un­der Cross­rail’s plans

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