Construction of Paddington Crossrail station ‘steps up’

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The new Paddington Crossrail station is to take a step further towards construction as the excavation of the station box gets underway in February.

The new station will be built under Eastbourne Terrace and Departures Road.

Westminster City Council has agreed to a full closure of Eastbourne Terrace from 12 February 2012 until early 2014 to excavate the station box.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said:

“Once complete, Crossrail will cut journey times across London as well as creating new journey opportunities. It’s vital that the impact of Crossrail’s construction on central London is kept to a minimum.

“A full-closure of Eastbourne Terrace will mean that construction of the new station box at Paddington can be completed in two years instead of four years enabling station fit-out to commence and Eastbourne Terrace to be re-opened as soon as possible.

“Crossrail, Network Rail and TfL have worked closely with Westminster City Council, businesses and residents to do all we can to deliver these major works in the least disruptive way possible.”

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  1. ““Once complete, Crossrail will cut journey times across London as well as creating new journey opportunities.”

    And, rather than the obscenely expensive pissing up the wall contest known as HS2, one of those  “New Journey Opportunities” could be a 2nd mainline between Central London and Birmingham making use of already existing lines.

    If we were to upgrade the former GWR main line to Birmingham between Old Oak Common and Northolt junction, currently a freight only single line, back to main line standard double track, with electrification all the way to Birmingham via Aynho junction, we could then have services feeding directly via the Crossrail Lines between Birmingham and beyond Central London.

    Not only would this releive a substantial amount of pressure from the WCML route from Euston, but it would also remove the need for Euston, which admittedly is in need of replacement, to be expanded.

    In addition to this, by use of an upgraded Greenford Branch to the West of England Main Line at Hanwell & Elthorne, direct connections between Birmingham and Heathrow could be achieved at minimal cost, with upgrading of the Kennelworth line, between Coventry and Leamington Spa, allowing for services between Heathrow and Birmingham International.

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