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Transport for London has completed extensive renovation work at Hanwell railway station in the London Borough of Ealing.
Working with the Railway Heritage Trust the improvements to the station include new lifts, waiting rooms, an accessible toilet and new lifts.
Following the work at the Grade II listed station, it will be removed from the Heritage at Risk Register by Historic England.
The station is on the Elizabeth Line and the current buildings are from 1877. They have been restored repaired and repainted into Great Western Railway cream and brown.
The signs on the platforms have been restored and a derelict building on Platform 2 ha been turned into a new waiting room. The existing waiting room on Platform 3 has also been renovated to match.
Customer information screens have been installed with live travel information including local bus departures.
The installation of the lifts means that Hanwell will be one of 41 which are step-free on the Elizabeth Line by the first half of next year.
Peter Herridge, TfL’s Station Enhancement Manager, said: “Our team, including colleagues from our operator MTR Elizabeth line, has worked closely with the Railway Heritage Trust, the London Borough of Ealing and Network Rail to carry out these improvements while preserving the rich heritage of this 19th century station. Our friends at Didcot Railway Centre also provided some invaluable guidance and inspiration to help us with the finishing touches.”
“It was a real collaborative effort and delivered not only step-free access, but vital new facilities that customers will benefit from for years to come. Working with the local borough’s conservation officers in Ealing, we were able to get consent to undertake this restoration. Getting to the stage of the station being removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register shows that this work was well worth the effort.”
Emily Gee, Regional Director for Historic England in London and the South East, said: “Hanwell has been given a new lease of life thanks to the careful restoration and improvement works by TfL over the last few years. The Victorian character of the station really shines through and we hope all users appreciate the new spaces and intricate details now revealed for many years to come.”
Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “Preserving Ealing’s outstanding heritage has always been a priority for us and I am delighted to have been able to work alongside our partners TfL to ensure the historic features of Hanwell station are protected long into the future.”
“Not only has the renovation eliminated any risk of losing this valuable local heritage, the station has also been upgraded and modernised with new lifts, waiting room, toilets and a refurbished platform. Working with TfL, we have also completed work to improve access to the station for those walking and cycling by creating a paved forecourt.”
“We will continue to work with TfL to improve transport options for local commuters, improve access and reduce journey times wherever possible.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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