Ealing Council has approved plans for a major overhaul of Southall station as part of the Crossrail programme.

Vinci will start work this summer as part of its £100m contract to upgrade all the stations on the western surface section of the Crossrail route

Bennetts Associates has designed an elegant glass and steel structure that will let in natural light, creating a bright, airy and welcoming environment for passengers.

A new forecourt will make it much easier for passengers to get in and out of the station and avoid congestion at the entrance.

A range of other improvements will be made to the station, including:

·         A new footbridge with three new lifts to provide step-free access to every platform
·         Platform extensions so the station can accommodate the new 200m long Crossrail trains
·         New lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV.

Work will last around two years.

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “The Crossrail improvements will transform the station and deliver a larger building that will serve local people for many decades to come.

“The designs show a bright, spacious structure that will be easier for passengers to get around and will provide a focal point for the local area.”