CROSSRAIL’S plans for transforming Hayes and Harlington and West Drayton stations promise ‘significant improvements’.
Hayes and Harlington station, in Station Road, will get a new main building, a replacement footbridge, stairs, and lifts to provide step-free access to the platforms, which will be lengthened.
A bay platform, to allow trains to turn back towards London, will also feature.
West Drayton will have its ticket hall refurbished and a new platform created.
Both will get new signs, help points, customer information screens and CCTV as part of the Crossrail revamp, to help accommodate the forecasted increase in passengers.
While the work schedule hasn’t been finalised, the planning application is due to go in ‘early next year’ according to Crossrail, and it is expected to be completed by 2016.
In a statement, Crossrail said: “Crossrail will transform how people in West Drayton and Hayes travel. Passengers will be able to reach Tottenham Court Road in under 25 minutes, Liverpool Street within 30 minutes and Canary Wharf in 36 minutes.”
At peak hours, there will be 10 services to central London from Hayes and Harlington and six from West Drayton.
Last month, Network Rail invited six construction firms to tender for the detailed design and building of 13 stations on the western section of the line, between Acton Mainline and Maidenhead.
Two separate contracts will be awarded for the inner section; Acton Mainline to Hayes and Harlington; and the outer section, West Drayton to Maidenhead.
And work on two new rail bridges in the borough has started. Old Stockley Road bridge will be replaced, and has been closed to traffic since the beginning of October. Horton Bridge will remain open until its replacement is built.