A second entrance to Hanwell Station has been opened to commuters for the first time in more than three decades.
The £300,000 project to restore the abandoned entrance on Station Approach also includes new paving, improved lighting, new CCTV cameras, a new canopy and cycle parking.
The work, in keeping with the heritage of the Grade II listed building was given listed building consent and approval from English Heritage.
Ealing Council contributed £50,000 to the project, and £250,000 was provided by TfL, while First Great Western managed the construction of the site.
David Rowe, Head of Borough Projects and Programmes at TfL, said; “It is great that the funding we are providing has enabled a second entrance to be opened at Hanwell station. This will significantly improve convenience and reduce journey times for users, in advance of TfL Crossrail services running from 2018. Further improvements are also planned that will make trips to and from the station even easier, by better integrating rail with other transport options.”
“During the previous franchise over £85 million has been invested across our network of 210 stations, by working with rail industry partners, the DfT, and local authorities.”
Further work planned for the station includes installing step-free access as part of preparations for Crossrail, which is expected to begin service in 2018. There are also plans for a new crossing on Station Approach and enhancements to the wider CCTV in the area.