Paddington Station - Long Term Vehicular Access (LTVA)
Background - In the late 1980’s, it was acknowledged that the traffic in residential areas needed to be improved. It was also accepted that one of the best opportunities for improving vehicular access to Paddington Station lay with linking the Station access to the strategic road network, via the Harrow Road gyratory (located to the north east of the station). This conclusion remains unchanged and is reflected in the joint undertaking given by the promoters of Heathrow Express Railway to the Select Committee of the House of Commons.
Details of scheme - The schemes includes:
The widening of Bishops Bridge Road between Harrow Road and Eastbourne Terrace to 5/6 lanes of traffic - this will require 3 new bridges over the canal, the Goods Yard site and the railway tracks;
The installation of a northbound taxi return lane in Eastbourne Terrace
the signalisation of the junctions of Praed Street/London Street, Bishops Bridge Road/Station Access and the Harrow Road roundabout.
Status: The existing bridge was closed on 11 January 2004 as planned and the replacement bridge will be completed in March 2006.
Building Crossrail Paddington Station
Paddington Station is a Grade I listed building. The wall and the railings on Eastbourne Terrace and the departures road canopy (which form part of the listed structure) would be removed
for construction of the Crossrail Ticket Hall. The railings would be carefully dismantled and Crossrail would examine how the railings could be reused. The canopy would be dismantled
Crossrail recognise the architectural and historic importance of the existing Main line station and would propose a design that is appropriate to the location.
The main worksite would be on Eastbourne Terrace, including the departures road. A box structure for the station would be excavated from within this worksite.
Site offices, storage and delivery areas would be established within the car park behind the Great Western Railway parcels office, off Bishops Bridge Road. Smaller worksites would be
located during the construction period at Praed Street and on the London Underground District and Circle line platforms.
Traffic and Access
Crossrail will consult local authorities on proposed traffic routes.
It is currently anticipated that two-way traffic and access to buildings in Eastbourne Terrace would be maintained throughout construction. Eastbourne Terrace would be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction and subject to a number of phased diversions. Praed Street would have short-term closures at its intersection with Eastbourne Terrace. Vehicle access to the properties on the southern side of Eastbourne Terrace would be from Eastbourne Mews or Chilworth Mews.
On completion of the work, new pedestrian links would be provided between the existing Main line station, across Eastbourne Terrace, through to the “light spine”. The departures road would be reinstated, accommodating taxis and general traffic as required by the long term proposals for the area.
Taxis and Buses
To enable the station to be built, it would be necessary to temporarily relocate taxis currently using Eastbourne Terrace Departures Road to the site of a parcels depot to the north of the station. Buses would need to be relocated during the period of the Crossrail works. Crossrail would continue to develop proposals in consultation with Westminster City Council, Network Rail, the local community and other stakeholders.