“The future shape of our town centre, and its development in response to the coming of Crossrail, will be key concern in creating a neighbourhood plan for the area,” said Mr Woolven.
The Forum has been gathering people’s views in several ways in preparation for developing policies for the plan. “This includes using our website, a stall in the shopping centre, and leafleting and collecting feedback forms,” Nick continued.
“We want Crossrail to help make Ealing a destination, not just somewhere from which people travel out to work, shop or enjoy their leisure.”
Matthew White, Crossrail’s Surface Director with responsibility for all sections other than the central tunnelled parts, outlined the extent of what he called a “new rail service for London”. The economic benefits to Ealing would be among the highest in London, he claimed, totalling many £ millions a year.
Main concerns voiced in a lively question and answer session concentrated on doubts about the rebuilding of Ealing Broadway station. They included
- access for the disabled and those who couldn’t manage steps with luggage or buggies, and in particular the inadequacy of one standard lift to cover all the platforms serving the underground platforms as well as the Paddington service
- the lost opportunity to rebuild the whole station including the Central and District lines to standards
- impact on the surrounding area, with increased passenger numbers forecast but no integrated interchange between rail, bus and cars including taxis.