London Planning Summit 2013 – Study Tour 1 – Paddington Crossrail

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This tour was expertly led by Matthew Dormer (Town Planning Adviser, Crossrail), David Keeley (Crossrail) and Graham Abrey (Historic Building and Conservation Consultant). The tour started off with a presentation at Paddington Crossrail’s site office where delegates learnt about the scale of the whole Crossrail project, including that there are over 10,000 people working directly on Crossrail at over 40 construction sites.

In total, there will be 38 Crossrail stations including 9 new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich with 24 trains per hour travelling through the central section in each direction during peak hours. It is expected to bring an extra 1.5m people to within 45mins of central London with the first services through central London starting in late 2018. An estimated 200m passengers per year will use Crossrail.

Stakeholders in the Paddington project include:

  • Network Rail
  • Westminster City Council
  • London Undergound
  • Local reisdents
  • Paddington BID
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Retailers
  • Land Securities
  • Paddington Central

A key challenge for the Paddington station design is that it needs to be appropriate to the Grade I listed station originally designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Matthew Digby Wyatt. The new station design is intended to feel like an integral part of the existing station, rather than an appendage to it and also includes new public realm spaces. Pedestrian activity will be prioritised over vehicular movements on Departures Road. The project has involved 8 listed building consent applications and around 200 local council consents (which compares well to the approx. 500needed for St Pancras station).

Delegates also learnt about the Paddington Integrated Project ‘PIP’ which involves joint working between TfL, Crossrail, London Underground and Network Rail to improve the north-western part of the station and the links to the Hammersmith & City / Circle line platforms.

The study tour included a fascinating trip onto the Paddington Crossrail construction site itself with a viewing platform looking into the new station area.

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