|Could Boris Help Over Broadway Station Plans?|
MP writes to London Mayor outling concerns
The Ealing Central and Acton Conservative MP, Angie Bray, has asked for Boris Johnson's help in the redevelopment of Ealing Broadway Station.
She has written to the London Mayor (pdf) , outlining concerns about Crossrail plans and asking for his support in '' helping Ealing get a station that lives up to the importance of the location it enjoys.''
She says the current proposed facade at the entrance to ths station is 'drab, purely functional and not in the keeping with the local surroundings'.
Ms Bray suggests that as the plans 'aren't yet set in stone', an architectural competition could provide a selection of new designs with local residents having a say in choosing a winner.
She writes: '' Surely this would be of great benefit for all concerned, especially local residents who would be offered a chance to express their views of the merits or otherwise of the various designs put forward? But above all it would make this exciting and Ealing would end up with a station that looked the part.''
Crossrail revealed its 'new look' station in November (scheduled to be fully operational by 2019) and since then there has been much criticism.
Ealing Cabinet member, Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, who has responded to many of the objections see here does acknowledge the station's appearance ' won't ignite a yearning passion in the hearts of anyone in Ealing.''
We asked Crossrail about Ms Bray's suggestion - whether a design competition could be run - they issued a standard information reply:
Crossrail submitted draft plans for the station to the London Borough of Ealing in July 2013 and have since worked with the council and with local people to propose substantial improvements to the design.
As a result the revised plans now include:
* an increase in the number of lifts to four and an enlarged lift from platform 3.
All lifts will be 'straight through' lifts to assist people in wheelchairs or with buggies or heavy luggage - removing the need to turn round within the lift
* an even more spacious ticket hall area and increased retail space around the ticket hall as the result of moving staff accommodation away from the ground floor
* new toilets, including accessible toilet facilities * an improved waiting shelter and longer canopy on platform 4.
A spokesman added:
"Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Ealing, allowing passengers to get to a range of destinations more quickly and easily. Crossrail has worked with the London Borough of Ealing and local people to propose substantial improvements to Ealing Broadway station. We believe that our revised proposals will significantly improve the station, providing a bright spacious entrance and ticket hall along with enhanced step-free access from street level to all platforms."
15th January 2014