Improvement works at Paddington Tube station have been completed nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.
As of today, Bakerloo line trains are once again stopping at Paddington station, following escalator renewal work and preparation for Crossrail's Elizabeth line.
The platforms re-opened to customers on Monday (Aug 1) after engineers replaced thousands of moving components of the escalators, which will now serve passengers for another 20 years.
In addition, engineers also completed digging a new 165m tunnel underneath the station in preparation for Elizabeth line services in 2018.
A cross-passage has been created between the Bakerloo line platforms and the Elizabeth line to incorporate escalators and a lift so customers can interchange between the two lines easily.
Currently around 165,000 people use Paddington tube station daily, with 82,000 people using the Bakerloo line.
Transport for London (TfL) expects from December 2018 when the Elizabeth Line becomes operational, customers using Paddington will increase to 248,000.
Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground , said: “I’d like to thank passengers for the patience they’ve shown while we have carried out this vital modernisation work at Paddington Tube station.
“It serves as a major interchange, and when the Elizabeth line starts running the number of passengers using our services at the station are set to treble.
“To keep disruption to passengers to a minimum, we combined the escalator and Elizabeth line preparation work so that services were affected for the shortest possible time. The work that’s been carried out has laid the foundations for a better station for our customers in the future.”
These recent works are the latest part of a huge modernisation of the London Underground which will see major stations, trains, tracks and signalling updated or replaced to boost capacity and reliability in the capital.
The next major phase will see new signalling on the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, for faster, more frequent and reliable journeys.