The new station at Ealing Broadway has opened to commuters today (27 May), with new lifts allowing for step-free access to Central, District and TfL Rail services. The station is staffed at all times while trains are running with ramps available for those that need them to board trains.
Ealing Broadway has undergone a significant transformation by Network Rail to build a large new ticket hall with more space for customers. The station is one of several west London stations which have been upgraded prior to the launch of the Elizabeth Line, or Crossrail, in 2022.
The new station has a glass front entrance with a longer line of ticket barriers, replacing the dark and cramped entrance previously used to enter and leave the station.
The extended platforms are capable of accommodating the longer Elizabeth line trains, which are more than 200 metres in length. The station also benefits from improved lighting, signage and customer information screens which TfL say will provide a better customer experience.
Originally opened in 1879, Ealing Broadway is also served by the District and Central lines on the London Underground. The new lifts enable step-free journeys, improving accessibility for those needing to travel to stations between Paddington, Heathrow and Reading.
TfL have said work around the station to improve the local environment will continue until spring 2022. These works will include improving the area’s roads, pavements and pedestrian crossings to better complement the new station.
Deputy Leader welcomes opening as ‘great news’
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, deputy leader of Ealing Council and member for climate action said:
“An improved Ealing Broadway station is great news for residents and commuters – particularly as we continue to recover and respond to the pandemic and some people may be beginning to use public transport a bit more.
“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.”
Andy Lord, Managing Director of London Underground, said:
“Ealing Broadway is a crucial interchange on the TfL network for TfL Rail, London Underground and Great Western Railway customers. These improvements bring the Victorian station up to modern standards whilst enabling customers to make step-free journeys. The station is now equipped for future Elizabeth line services and more pleasant for those using the transport network now.”
Images above: the new step-free access lifts at Ealing Broadway, the new entrance and ticket barriers
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