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  • Paddington station improvements

    We're restoring the roof over platforms 1-8 and improving facilities ready for the ugrade of the Great Western and the arrival of Crossrail

  • On schedule

  • The restoration of the roof and upgrade of facilities at Paddington station is part of the most significant programme of investment on the Great Western network in a generation.

  • The second phase of the redevelopment of Paddington will complete the restoration of the roof and greatly improve the facilities at the station. Maintaining passenger flow and safety on the station is our priority; train services will not be affected by the work.

    Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the terminus of the Great Western Railway, Paddington station has been serving the capital since 1838.

    Nearly 60 million people use the station every year, and this number will rise when Crossrail services begin in 2018.

    The Lawn

    We're redeveloping The Lawn area at the back of the station building into a modern retail and dining hub. Named after the garden of the station master’s cottage which originally occupied the site, it will provide a wider range of shops and restaurants, and better facilities. The work is due for completion in summer 2016.

    About the improvements

    We finished the first phase in summer 2011 with the restoration of the roof over platforms 9-12, allowing light to flood back in to the station. The work included a major facelift for the platforms, bridges and walkways.

  • East-west links improved

    The arrival of Crossrail services at Paddington in 2018 will transform travel east-west travel, bringing 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of London. Crossrail will also help alleviate overcrowding on the Great Western route.

    Improved facilites

    • Better retail choices and more food and drink outlets.
    • Better waiting facilities and more seating areas.
    • The Lawn is being fully refurbished, due for completion in summer 2016.

    Ticket office

    First Great Western will be carrying out work to the ticket office to provide 12 ticket counters, install new state of the art ticket machines and transform its appearance using a Brunel-inspired design.

    Roof restoration

    We're working with English Heritage to restore the Grade 1 listed station’s unique Edwardian roof, replacing the glazing with clear windows to let in more natural light. The roof, pillars and steelwork will be cleaned and repainted to improve the appearance of the station.
  • Image gallery

    Commuters in Paddington station

    Specialists working on the roof

    A worker suspended from girders involved in restoration of Paddington's roof

    Restoration work on Paddington's historic roof

    Restoration work on Paddington’s historic roof


    An artist’s impression of the exterior of the new Crossrail station at Paddington

    An artist’s impression of the new Crossrail station at Paddington

    An artist’s impression of the gate-line at the new Crossrail station at Paddington