A major programme of work to significantly improve the appearance of Paddington Station will be carried out over the next 18 months.
Network Rail says the changes will provide passengers with new and improved facilities and, ultimately, a better travelling experience.
The Grade I-listed structure is currently benefiting from a renovation of its roof and an upgrade to its lighting system above the platforms, but now Network Rail is starting a new programme which will result in a wider range of places to eat, drink and shop.
Work on the area known as The Lawn, which houses the retail outlets at the back of the main station building, will be renovated to provide passengers with better retail choices and more food and drink outlets. Better waiting facilities, including more seating areas, will also be installed.
The glazing on the roof of the station will also be replaced with new, clear windows to let in more natural daylight.
The roof will also benefit from a much-needed cleaning, while pillars and steelwork be given a fresh lick of paint repainted to improve the station’s appearance.
In addition, First Great Western will be carrying out work to its ticket office to provide 12 ticket counters, install new state-of the-art ticket machines, and transform its appearance using a Brunel-inspired design.
Natalie Holden, Network Rail’s senior commercial scheme sponsor for the project, said: “Paddington is one of Britain’s busiest stations and getting busier each year, so it’s only right that passengers have the facilities to make their travelling experience better.
“We’re working closely with English Heritage to preserve the heritage of this iconic building, making sure the changes we make are sensitive to the original structure and take account of its Grade I-listed status.”
During the 18-month duration of the project, train services will not be affected by the work but passengers will notice changes to the layout of the station and to some of the retail outlets.
Natalie continued: “Paddington will remain open for business while we work, trains services will continue to run and there will still be places where you can buy food and drink.
Regular updates on the revamp of Paddington station will be provided as the work progresses.
More information will be available via Network Rail’s website and helpdesk 03457 11 41 41, and via Paddington station’s Twitter account @NetworkRailPAD.