The Bakerloo line platforms at Paddington Station will close for more than four months from this weekend.

Major improvement works at the station will mean Bakerloo trains will not stop at the station from April 2 until mid-August.

Transport for London (TfL) say work it is carrying out will prepare the station for the arrival of Crossrail, which has now been renamed the Elizabeth line, and assured passengers that services would return to normal before the Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August.

Work will see engineers dig a new 165m tunnel beneath the station to enable passengers to interchange between the Bakerloo line and new Elizabeth line platforms, which will become operational in December 2018.

The new pedestrian link will incorporate escalators, lifts, stairs and new passageways in order to make interchanging between the Tube and Crossrail as easy as possible for passengers.

No Bakerloo services will run from Paddington Station between April 2 and the middle of August

The heavily used escalators serving the Bakerloo line will also be practically rebuilt, with nearly every component replaced. TfL say this will extend its lives for a further 20 years.

Currently around 165,000 customers use Paddington Tube station daily - with 82,000 people using the Bakerloo line. When the Elizabeth line starts running from December 2018, the number of customers using TfL services at Paddington is expected to increase to 248,000.

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David Waboso CBE, London Underground’s capital programmes director, said: “We try to carry out as much of our improvement work as possible when the Tube is closed, but in this case we need a closure period due to the nature and scale of the work.

"In order to keep disruption for customers to a minimum, we are combining Bakerloo line escalator and Crossrail construction work so that services are non-stopping for the shortest time possible. We thank customers for their patience while we carry out the vital modernisation of this station.”

Passengers can still access Circle and District lines at Paddington via the ticket halls from the Network Rail concourse and on Praed Street, while access to the separate Circle and Hammersmith & City line ticket hall is unaffected.

Alternative travel advice

For travel between Paddington and central London, use one of the following routes:

  • Circle or Hammersmith & City lines via Baker Street (Bakerloo, Metropolitan or Jubilee lines)
  • District line via Notting Hill Gate (Central line) or Earl’s Court (District and Piccadilly lines)
  • Circle line via Victoria (Victoria line) and Embankment (Northern line)

From the Bakerloo line:

  • Follow signed walking routes between Paddington and Edgware Road or Warwick Avenue Tube stations
  • Alternatively, use local buses between Paddington and Edgware Road, Marylebone, Warwick Avenue or Baker Street