Crossrail has been given the green light for planned improvements at Ealing Broadway station.

Proposals for upgrading the borough’s main station were approved by Ealing Council’s Planning Committee last night (August 13), with a full public gallery, demonstrating interest in the development.

The new station, designed by Bennetts Associates and to be delivered by Network Rail, will have a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that Crossrail say will reflect the prominence of the building.

The dated façade will be replaced with a new glass structure and a new entrance twice the size of the existing one.

Inside there will be a new ticket hall, four new lifts from street level to all platforms, improved staircases, platform extensions, new toilets and new customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV.

A joint information event between Ealing Council and Crossrail is planned in September to inform people about the plans and seek comments on proposals for the development of the area around the station.

Chairman of Save Ealing Centre (SEC), Nick Woolven, spoke at the meeting outlining their opposition and recommending a deferral of the application until after the mentioned meeting in September.

He said: “Public consultation on the designs has not been conducted properly.

“The reason there were so few responses is that Ealing Council agreed with SEC that an exhibition would take place in September.

“Any current time pressure is Crossrail’s fault for wasting time with initial unacceptable designs.”

He added: “Please do not let Crossrail bully this application through now.”

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Crossrail say during the design process they worked closely with Ealing Council, the local MPs, community groups, developers and nearby landowners.

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director, said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Ealing – better stations, new trains and faster journeys.

“Now our plans for Ealing Broadway are moving forward, we will continue to liaise with local people as the detail of the designs for the station is developed.

“We will also be working hard to make sure the station improvements are made with absolute minimum disruption to people and businesses.”

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Ealing Common Councillor Jon Ball said: “Residents were assured by Ealing Council officers this would not come to committee until after residents had had a chance to see what would happen to the station at an exhibition.

“It’s difficult for people to make sense of the proposals from documents, it still lacks the escalators and only has very small lifts.”

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Peter Lee, Principal Planning Officer at Ealing Council, said Network Rail found it infeasible to have escalators.

He said the lifts are all at least 13 person capacity and there are four of them.

Construction work will begin in 2015 and last about 18 months.