THIS is a first glimpse of Crossrail’s vision for Hayes and Harlington station, and it comes with a warning.
The computer-generated image shows a polished glass structure at the Station Approach entrance, in place of the red-brick building that Crossrail is to demolish.
But David Brough, chairman of Hayes Town Partnership, believes it would be ‘an enormous missed opportunity to revive this end of Hayes’ if the shops (far right in the mock-up) did not feature in Crossrail’s plans.
“The partnership is totally in favour of the Crossrail project, which will bring enormous benefits to local people and the town. However, the time has come for them to be open about their real intentions for the future of the existing station,” he said.
In a statement, Crossrail said that although the design had not yet been finalised, any new station would be ‘brighter and more spacious’. A formal planning application will be submitted in the coming months.
The image has not been officially released by Crossrail but was obtained by the Gazette.
The £16billion line will provide a high-speed link between Essex and Berkshire via central London and the city, and Crossrail has been given sweeping powers of land acquisition and the design of stations, although the affected local councils will have a say.
The old office building next to the station will go, but the small parade on the other side of the subway under Station Road is not part of the land grab.
Mr Brough said: “The proposal for a new station seems to mean that the old station will be demolished. Crossrail will have to convince local people why this is the case.”
As well as the new building, the station will have lifts to facilitate access for disabled people, and extended platforms to accommodate the 200m trains.
It is estimated that the work will take 31 months, and be finished by 2019.
The 19th-century station block in Station Approach is on Hillingdon Council’s Local List, which recognises buildings of ‘architectural and historic importance,’ but gives it no statutory protection against development.
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