A LIFT could be built at Ealing Broadway Station within the next two years, finally easing the daily frustration of thousands of passengers.
Barely any changes have been made to the station for decades which, despite being one of the busiest in the capital, has no escalators or lifts.
Complaints from residents and politicians and a Gazette campaign were all met with the argument that things would improve once Crossrail comes along.
The station is to be redeveloped, including new lifts, as part of the new route linking Heathrow and Maidenhead in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
The 2017 completion date has already been put back, with construction unlikely to even begin before May 2018.
Now Ealing Council has taken the initiative and worked out the cost of bringing in one of the planned lifts early.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the council's cabinet member for transport and environment, believes one can be installed for less than £1million and is negotiating with Network Rail, which runs the station, and Crossrail to help fund the work.
He said: "It's the second busiest station outside of zone one, and we can't wait another seven years for a lift. Ealing Labour want commuters to join our campaign to show our partners it would be delivering what residents want."
The council also hopes to see the slip road outside the entrance paved over and better signs installed to make it easier to catch buses.
The town hall campaign follows the launch of two others which call on the council to ensure it makes the most of the Crossrail line when it arrives.
Original plans were for the installation of two escalators and four lifts, a footbridge allowing passengers to move easily above the platforms and a widened, street level entrance.
But this has been cut back to just three lifts and a smaller street-level entrance, according to Save Ealing Centre (SEC), an alliance of 26 residents' associations and community groups.
They want residents to sign a petition asking Ealing Council to put pressure on Crossrail, the Mayor of London, Network Rail and other groups to make sure as much of the plans as possible are saved.
They also suggest the council stumps up its own cash to pay for some of the work.
Richard Chilton of SEC, said: "Last year 28,000 people walked through the doors of the station each weekday last year, it'll affect a lot of people.
"At the moment it's in the design phase. If the council does not take its chance now, then after it's built, we probably won't see any more improvements until 2020 at the earliest."
The Liberal Democrats have organised a separate petition calling on the council to take action.
Leader Gary Malcolm argued that with troubled developer Glenkerrin in administration, it may be a good time to buy the land around the station which it owns.
* Visit www.ebway.epetitions.net to find out more about the lift petition, www.saveealingscentre.com for more on SEC's campaign.