Ac­tion sta­tions

WA­TER­SIDE SEATS, TREE PLANT­ING AND CY­CLE HUB PLANNED IN UP­GRADE TO HAYES & HARLINGTON AND WEST DRAY­TON

Uxbridge Gazette - - Front Page - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@reach­plc.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

IM­PROVE­MENT WORKS PLANNED AT HAYES & HARLINGTON AND WEST DRAY­TON AS CROSS­RAIL SER­VICES ARE ROLLED OUT

CROSS­RAIL has al­ready come (sort of) to Hilling­don , with a full roll out of ser­vices set for May next year – con­nect­ing to Read­ing in the West to Shen­field in the East.

Sta­tions on the former Great Western Heathrow Con­nect com­muter route are now be­ing served by the new trains which will run on the El­iz­a­beth line, how­ever the sta­tions are yet to take shape.

Both West Dray­ton and Hayes & Harlington sta­tions are in need of some TLC and im­prove­ment works are set to be car­ried out to help cope with the ex­pected in­crease in use and traf­fic around the sta­tions.

All sta­tions on the line will also be made step-free to im­prove ac­cess to the trains, which are will are also more dis­abled-friendly.

Cross­rail has as­sessed the “wel­come” pas­sen­gers get at West Dray­ton sta­tion as “poor”, with com­muters hav­ing to nav­i­gate along nar­row foot­ways and deal with a busy bus route.

They also found the area around the sta­tion lacked ameni­ties and that de­spite be­ing south of the Grand Union Canal , does not take ad­van­tage of the wa­ter­scape.

Cross­rail will build a new pocket park by the side of the canal with seat­ing and steps lead­ing down to the wa­ter, while ac­cess will be stepfree from both sides of Sta­tion Ap­proach.

An en­larged, re­lo­cated bus shel­ter is to be built next to the sta­tion, mak­ing more space for pedes­tri­ans, and a cy­cle hub is to be built to let com­muters ride to the sta­tion in­stead of driv­ing or get­ting a lift.

The ve­hi­cle turn­around point will be­come a “shared sur­face”, with pedes­trian “de­sire lines”, which Cross­rail says will make sta­tion ac­cess eas­ier.

Un­like West Dray­ton, Hayes & Harlington is to get an en­tirely new sta­tion.

The cur­rent sta­tion is built on a bridge above the tracks, but the new one is to be built to the north.

Other op­tions for Hayes have not yet been fi­nalised, but Cross­rail has iden­ti­fied a slight dis­con­nect be­tween Hayes town cen­tre and the sta­tion.

Although they are only a short walk apart, there is no vis­ual link be­tween the ar­eas and qual­ity of walk­ing routes was judged to be “rel­a­tively poor”.

The op­tions all aim to im­prove pedes­trian and cy­cle con­nec­tiv­ity and may in­clude con­tin­u­ous cy­cle lanes, tree plant­ing and re­design­ing of junc­tions.

Cross­rail will also in­stall a ramp from Sta­tion Road to Blyth Road, to­wards the vastly re­de­vel­oped Old Vinyl Fac­tory de­vel­op­ment to im­prove dis­abled ac­cess to the sta­tion from the new de­vel­op­ments.

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Cross­rail is plan­ning im­prove­ments to West Dray­ton sta­tion

West Dray­ton sta­tion’s ‘ur­ban realm’ was de­scribed as ‘poor’

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What the new area around the Hayes & Harlington sta­tion could look like

Hayes & Harlington sta­tion area

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The canal­side will be made more ac­ces­si­ble in West Dray­ton

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