Network Rail has transformed Acton Main Line station in West London in preparation for the Elizabeth line.
New additions include a spacious new ticket hall from steel and glass and a covered, accessible footbridge with lifts serving both platforms. There are also improved platform waiting shelters, lighting, signage and customer information screens providing a better customer experience for those using or returning to the station when travel restrictions are lifted.
Works at West Ealing and Ealing Broadway stations will also be completing shortly, with bright new, expanded ticket halls opening that will provide more space for customers. New lifts will provide step-free access to platforms served by TfL Rail and Great Western Railway services as well as the District and Central lines at Ealing Broadway.
Works at all three of these stations in the London Borough of Ealing complement earlier infrastructure upgrades, including the construction of longer platforms to accommodate the 200-metre long Elizabeth line trains.
Acton Main Line originally opened in 1868 and, with the installation of a footbridge and two new lifts, now has step-free access for the first time in just over 150 years of operation, improving accessibility for those needing to travel to stations between Paddington, Heathrow and Reading.
Tim Ball, Elizabeth line director at Network Rail, said: “Acton Main Line is one of nine stations that we are completely transforming, as part of our preparation for the Elizabeth line.
“The new facilities are a massive improvement for passengers using the station – the new ticket office is light and airy and, for the first time in its 152 year history, the station is now fully accessible, with lifts providing step-free access from street level to platforms.”
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “I’m really pleased that step-free access is now in place at Acton Main Line, and will be in place shortly at West Ealing and Ealing Broadway stations.
“When lockdown eases in the coming months and more Londoners return to the transport network, these improvements will make public transport more accessible and make a huge difference to many people’s everyday lives, especially for disabled people, older people and those with young children.”