Hayes & Harlington station now has step-free access, a clean, modern look and updated customer information screens to bring the 153-year-old station into the 21st century.
It now means every station between Paddington, Heathrow and Reading is now fully equipped and accessible in anticipation for the future cross-London east-west rail link also known as Crossrail.
Every station on the Elizabeth line will have step-free access when the line opens next year.
The only remaining stations left to convert are Ilford and Whitechapel as the new stations in Central and East London will be purposely-built with step-free access to Elizabeth line platforms.
We’ve created a Facebook group for people who travel on London’s bus, rail, Underground, Overground and DLR services.
We will keep you informed about the latest news that affects your daily commute to work, as well as at the weekend.
We’ll also let you know in advance if there are any roadworks, railworks or closures you should know about, or if there are any problems on the city’s tube network.
Join the group here.
The station is now staffed from the first train to the last train and benefits from a new footbridge, with three lifts which provide easier access to the platforms. As well as new ticketing facilities, there’s a new waiting room, customer toilets and platforms have been modified to accommodate the 200 metre-long Elizabeth line trains.
Initially, trains from Hayes & Harlington will continue to terminate at Paddington mainline station when the Elizabeth line launches.
This will be a temporary arrangement until Transport for London (TfL) is satisfied that the entirely new Central London section of the route is operating the way it is supposed to.
From May 2023, the full timetable will be introduced and Hayes & Harlington will have direct trains to Shenfield and Abbey Wood via Central London, Stratford and Canary Wharf.
With journey times expected to take just 20 minutes to Bond Street once the full timetable is underway, this part of West London will soon become one of London’s best connected areas.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “The improvements made to Hayes & Harlington station will make a huge difference to all those using the station, particularly those who need step-free access. It’s great to see so many stations being upgraded as part of the Crossrail project as we count down to the opening of the Elizabeth line, which will transform travel across the capital.”
Crossrail has faced intense scrutiny due to repeated delays, budget overspend and a number of reported safety concerns. The finalisation of the project comes as a welcome boost for West Londoners who have endured intermittent service disruption and closures whilst the works continued.
Elizabeth line Director at Network Rail, Tim Ball, said: “The opening of the new facilities at Hayes & Harlington is a real milestone after years of hard work. It is the sixth and final station in west London to open this year having been transformed by Network Rail and brought into the 21st century as part of the preparation for the Elizabeth line.”
TfL also confirmed it would continue its works on Osterley, Sudbury Hill and Harrow-on-the-Hill Tube stations to get them step-free by the end of the year too.
The Elizabeth line is expected to open in April, although TfL documentation has suggested it could open as early as February.
Here at MyLondon, we’re doing our very best to make sure you get the latest news, reviews and features from your area.
Now there’s a way you can keep up to date with the areas that matter to you with our free email newsletter.
The West London newsletter goes out twice day – at 7am and 4pm – and sends you the latest stories straight to your inbox.
From Hillingdon to Harrow, Southall to South Kensington, we’ll make sure you get the very best every day.
To sign up to the West London newsletter, simply follow this link and select the newsletter that’s right for you.
And to really customise your news experience on the go, you can download our top-rated free apps for iPhone and Android. Find out more here.
Are you looking forward to the new Elizabeth line? Let us knowin the comments below!
Got a transport story for MyLondon? Email [email protected]
Need Your Help Today. Your $1 can change life.