Es­ca­la­tor up­grade at Padding­ton

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

Trans­port for Lon­don’s up­grade of es­ca­la­tors at Padding­ton Tube station on the Bak­er­loo Line has been com­pleted al­most two weeks ahead of plan, and the station re-opened on Au­gust 1.

En­gi­neers re­placed thou­sands of com­po­nents on es­ca­la­tors, giv­ing them an es­ti­mated 20-year life ex­ten­sion. Work started on April 2, and in ad­di­tion to the es­ca­la­tor re­pairs a new switch room and lobby were built.

Con­struc­tion of a 165me­tre tun­nel un­der­neath the station con­tin­ued dur­ing the pro­gramme, to help pro­vide easy in­ter­change be­tween the El­iz­a­beth (Cross­rail) and Bak­er­loo lines.

The El­iz­a­beth Line is due to open from De­cem­ber 2018.

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