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August 10 2015
One of the most famous train stations in the UK is set to become the subject of a lengthy transformation project that looks to enhance the travelling experience for rail users in the future.
Announced by Network Rail, the work on the Grade 1 listed station will be undertaken over the next 18 months and included in the plans are sizeable restoration works and upgrades.
The proposed work is an integral part of Network Rail’s railway upgrade plan, which is likely to create more job roles in the rail industry in the future. Alongside other schemes such as Crossrail and the electrification of the Great Western Main Line, First Great Western aims to provide a seamless and futuristic experience for the millions of people who travel on the nation’s railway lines and through Paddington Station every year.
As well as the repair work to the barrel roof over platforms 1-8, also included in the plans is the transformation of ‘The Lawn’ to offer a more pleasurable experience for rail users. There will also be an update to First Great Western’s on-site ticket office, the installation of state-of-the-art ticket machines and a general uplift of the station’s appearance. The roof and pillars will be cleaned and repainted, while the glazing on the roof will be replaced with new windows to offer better light onto the platforms. More seating areas will be added to provide better waiting facilities for rail passengers.
Designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel and first completed back in 1838, Paddington Station is the London terminus of the Great Western Railway. It is instantly recognisable by the train shed, which covers the first eight of the station’s 14 platforms. All of the upgrade work will be carried out with Brunel’s original design in mind.
Image Credit: NetworkRail