Aecom lands design job for 13 Crossrail stations

Aaron Morby 13 years ago

Network Rail has signed up consultant Aecom to design improvement works to Crossrail stations west of Paddington.

The 13 stations on the route, from Maidenhead in Berkshire to Acton Main Line in London, will be upgraded to handle the new Crossrail services due to begin in 2018.

AECOM’s design brief includes several improvements from platform extensions for longer trains to step-free access and refurbishment of station buildings and ticketing facilities.

The routes will need to be electrified meaning several bridges near stations on the route will also be redesigned to allow for over-head electrical cables.

Contractors will be taken on to start the first station upgrades in late 2012.

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km of track and 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

Crossrail will provide four ten-car trains per hour on the Great Western Main Line at peak times, in each direction, between central London and Maidenhead. There will also be four trains per hour to Heathrow and two per hour to West Drayton.

Robbie Burns, Network Rail major programme director, said: “Crossrail services will boost Londoners’ quality of life, easing congestion on the Great Western Main Line by up to 30% and bringing an additional 1.5m people within a 45-minute commute of the capital’s key business districts.”

Crossrail west station upgrades

Acton Main Line

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Horn Lane
  • Step-free access between street level and all platforms via a new footbridge with stairs and 2 lifts
  • Platforms 2-4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems

Ealing Broadway

  • Platforms 1 – 3 extended
  • Step-free access
  • Enlarged booking hall with increased ticket gatelines
  • Enlarged and remodelled pedestrian forecourt
  • New footbridge to the east-end of the station linking platforms 1 – 4
  • Construction of a new canopy on platform 4

West Ealing

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Manor Road
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3-4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting, a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems
  • Construction of a new bay platform for Greenford Branch trains


  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Selective door opening to be used
  • Minor architectural works including branding and signage


  • New station building with a new larger enclosed ticket hall with level access from South Road
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 1 – 4 extended
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting and information and security systems

Hayes & Harlington

  • New station building
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New 200m bay platform 5 constructed (replacing existing bay)
  • New platform canopies to platform 4 and 5
  • Track work to be undertaken:
  • To widen island platform (2/3)
  • To provide access to the new bay platform

West Drayton

  • Reconfigured station building and new covered walkway to footbridge
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New platform 5 constructed to align to new track layout
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • New platform canopy provided on platform 4


  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Platform extensions


  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Selective door opening used on all platforms


  • Simplified booking hall, ticket issuing facilities and ticket gatelines
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3 to 5 extended
  • Construction of a new bay platform for the Reading to Slough shuttle service


  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Selective door opening used on all platforms


  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Footbridge parapets made imperforate
  • OLE gantries positioned for free running under bridge
  • Use of Selective Door Opening on all platforms


  • Reconfigured ticket office
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3 & 4 extended
  • New (bay) platform 6 added, including new lift, stairs & platform canopy
  • New lift and stairs to platform 1
  • Canopy modifications to allow for electrification
  • Track modifications to incorporate reversing and stabling sidings

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