West Ealing (Crossrail) Rebuild Progress

itfcfan

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West Ealing station was originally due to be rebuilt starting in 2015 and open in 2017. Several delays hit this schedule, with little other than basic ground clearance happening until this year, with a construction contract finally signed in May 2019 between Network Rail and GRAHAM. GRAHAM also won the contract for Acton Mainline and Ealing Broadway station rebuilds.

The station is currently sited on the road bridge (Drayton Green Road) that goes over the GWML at this point, with a very small ticket office and steps down to each of the slow/relief line platforms (no fast/main line platforms exist). This station is due to be closed, with the station re-sited to Manor Road (North of the railway lines). The new station (being closer to level with the station platforms) should have direct access to the up slow/relief platform, with a footbridge (equipped with lifts) providing access to the down slow/relief platform.

The latest plan shows that West Ealing should be "step-free from platform to street by December 2020" (meaning the new entrance would be in use then).

I've recently moved to West Ealing, so I have the chance to follow the progress of the rebuild and take some photos to share here.

20th September
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10th October
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I noticed the archive claims that Crossrail would reduce the travel time to Heathrow to 11 minutes. That's nonsense surely as it will remain an all stations service. It's 23 minutes both before and after the December timetable change.
 

itfcfan

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I noticed the archive claims that Crossrail would reduce the travel time to Heathrow to 11 minutes. That's nonsense surely as it will remain an all stations service. It's 23 minutes both before and after the December timetable change.
I think it depends what you measure. Heathrow Central to West Ealing is already timetabled at 15mins - the opposite direction is 17~19mins (in this direction I notice the train usually waits for a few mins in the tunnel from Hayes & Harlington before Heathrow Central - presumably to pick up the right path to Terminal 4). With tighter running (I think the times date from when Turbos were frequently running) it might be reduced. Then there was the rumour of skip-stopping for Crossrail services on the GWML, so that could reduce the time further...
 

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I think it depends what you measure. Heathrow Central to West Ealing is already timetabled at 15mins - the opposite direction is 17~19mins (in this direction I notice the train usually waits for a few mins in the tunnel from Hayes & Harlington before Heathrow Central - presumably to pick up the right path to Terminal 4). With tighter running (I think the times date from when Turbos were frequently running) it might be reduced. Then there was the rumour of skip-stopping for Crossrail services on the GWML, so that could reduce the time further...
The timetable did have certain trains skip stopping back in 2015, back when that archived piece was written. I don’t think there were West Ealing calls in Heathrow trains at one stage, but there’ve been a few different iterations since then, it’s water under the bridge now.
 

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I think it depends what you measure. Heathrow Central to West Ealing is already timetabled at 15mins - the opposite direction is 17~19mins (in this direction I notice the train usually waits for a few mins in the tunnel from Hayes & Harlington before Heathrow Central - presumably to pick up the right path to Terminal 4). With tighter running (I think the times date from when Turbos were frequently running) it might be reduced. Then there was the rumour of skip-stopping for Crossrail services on the GWML, so that could reduce the time further...
The eventual westbound T5 services should have slightly better pathing than T4s...
 

itfcfan

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Quite a lot of progress has been made on West Ealing station this year. Even disruption from Covid-19 related restrictions seems to be minimal.

Here's an update from Network Rail:


Great progress at West Ealing where the glazing is being installed into the new station building. The upgrade is in preparation for the Elizabeth line.


Along with the new ticket hall there will be a new footbridge with lifts to provide step free access. #Crossrail
 

itfcfan

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Yeah, think about they also get the Greenford branch passengers for interchange there as well, while they lost their direct connection to Paddington...
I believe when all parts of Crossrail (the central section and the parts connecting it to the East & West) finally open that West Ealing will see 10tph. London Reconnections did a good analysis of this a couple of years back and I haven't seen anything to contradict this since:


Reference: https://www.londonreconnections.com/2018/crossrail-timetable-for-success/
 

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