Acton Main Line has become the latest TfL Rail station to become step-free after lifts and a new ticket hall opened to customers on 16 March.
In preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth line & Crossrail, Network Rail has transformed the west London station by building a spacious new ticket hall from steel and glass, and a covered, accessible footbridge with lifts serving both platforms.
Work around the station to improve the local urban realm was carried out by the London Borough of Ealing and was completed in 2020, delivering improvements to the public highway and pedestrian areas to complement the station works. Similar enhancements are planned to make it easier and more pleasant to use Ealing Broadway and West Ealing, including some road reconfigurations and widened pavements.
Network Rail carried out the transformation, as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan. Since the end of 2017 the station has been run by Transport for London, as part of London’s integrated transport network.
In 2016 TfL said four Elizabeth line services an hour, in each direction, were planned to serve Acton Main Line station.
When Crossrail is completed, passengers will be able to get to Bond Street in nine minutes and Liverpool Street in 16 minutes, while the journey to Canary Wharf will take 23 minutes.
Images above: Acton Mainline Station walkway, new lifts installed, platforms have been extended to accommodate the 200m-long Crossrail trains
Reopening welcomed by council and transport bosses
Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “An improved ticket hall and step free access to Acton Main Line is great news for local commuters as we prepare for the arrival of the Elizabeth Line to the station. West Ealing and Ealing Broadway will also see significant enhancements to the stations in the near future, creating further space and greater access from platform to street for commuters.
“We will continue to work alongside our partners TfL and Network Rail to improve and enhance local transport facilities across the borough as we move towards the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in the coming months.”
Howard Smith, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth line, said: “These vital improvements mean Acton Main Line is ready for future Elizabeth line services. It’s great that these new facilities will be available for customers that need to travel now and the many that will return to our services in the future.
“Station improvements at West Ealing and Ealing Broadway such as new lifts for step-free access will soon follow, not just providing step-free access for TfL Rail customers but also for those using the District and Central lines.”
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