I’ve just held another of my regular transport meetings in the House of Commons.

Called EATAG (Ealing Acton Transport Action Group), we meet twice yearly to discuss local transport issues and give local transport groups the opportunity to discuss them with all the key transport agencies. There’s always a lot to get through and we always get a good turnout.

This time we had representatives from Network Rail, TfL, Crossrail, First Great Western and Ealing Council as well as from the Save Ealing’s Centre residents’ group, the two neighbourhood forums being set up in Ealing, West Acton Residents’ Association and EPTUG (Ealing Passengers Transport Users Group), Ealing Cyclists and Ealing Transport for All – we had all bases covered!

As ever, the main item on the agenda was the future of Ealing Broadway station.  As Gazette readers will know, with Crossrail coming soon, Ealing stands to gain a new and improved station - and not before time.  We’ve had many a discussion at EATAG about safety and accessibility issues at the station in general.  Simply, the station is not fit for its purpose anymore and cannot cater for the needs of the very high volume of passengers that travel through it every day.

Much of our time was spent discussing the forecast passenger numbers the new station will be able to cope with in the future and we still need convincing that Crossrail understands just how many people will be using the new station. Their figures need to reflect that and we're hoping to hear more on this before or at the next meeting. Big lift sizes are important, too, especially when there won't be escalators at the station. Certainly, there is a feeling that while the new station will be a tremendous boost for Ealing, we remain disappointed that we don't appear to be getting all the things we need, unlike stations like Farringdon. These might sound like small issues, but Ealing has been waiting a long time for a new station and we need to make sure we get it right - it's a key transport hub for West London.

This is where EATAG is important. Part of the purpose of the Group is to flag up these concerns and then hear from the Council about what it's doing to fight Ealing's corner. It's an invaluable opportunity to get all the key players round a table to share information. Another good example is the work being done with TfL to open up and completely redo the area outside the station, which will be a huge improvement. And occasionally, we even get a win, such as the real time information boards at Ealing Broadway station now, which have certainly made passengers' journeys easier.

Getting the latest provisional station designs released by Crossrail and convincing them to allow Ealing Council to put them up on its website has not been easy - they're over two years late, but we have them now, which at least gives everyone the chance to have a look and share their thoughts on what needs changing.

The designs are available at http://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/100011/transport_and_streets/1108/major_transport_projects/4 and I’d encourage everyone to have a look.