West Ealing Station Works

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor confirm when work is due to commence and conclude at West Ealing Station for its upgrade to serve Crossrail, given progress appears to be slow ahead of the projected new Crossrail trains serving the station in less than a year?


Answer for West Ealing Station Works

Answer for West Ealing Station Works

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Crossrail programme is 85 per cent complete. The new tunnels and stations through central London and Docklands are on schedule to open as planned in December 2018 as the Elizabeth line.

Network Rail is a key partner in delivering the Crossrail project and we remain heavily reliant on them to upgrade the existing railway and stations in east and west London in preparation for Elizabeth line services.

As a result of Crossrail works for the Elizabeth line, passengers and residents in Ealing are already seeing real improvements to their train service. The recent commissioning of a new flyover at the junction to Heathrow and a new 'dive-under' at Acton have added much needed capacity, improving the reliability of services.  The electrification of the line to Maidenhead and a new lengthened bay platform at Hayes & Harlington has also allowed for the new Great Western Railway electric services to Paddington, providing over 1,000 seats into Paddington at the busiest times. 

Network Rail's programme of work so far has focused on ensuring the operational railway is successfully delivered on time.  They are currently working on platform extensions so that these can be completed and the necessary equipment installed on the platforms to enable testing of the new Elizabeth line trains before they start running between Paddington and Heathrow next year. These trains are already in service for TfL Rail on what will become the eastern end of the Elizabeth line.

Even with all that progress, the major station upgrades at West Ealing and other stations in west London have proved to be a significant challenge for Network Rail and it has taken longer than expected for them to complete the design and planning approvals.

Although Network Rail has assured Crossrail Ltd that these upgrades will be finished by December 2019 when Elizabeth line through services start from Reading, Maidenhead and Heathrow, I am concerned about the delays to both the Crossrail works and the Gospel Oak to Barking electrification programme. It really is not good enough but at a recent meeting to discuss these issues, Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail has given his assurance that Network Rail is doing everything it can to get these projects back on track.