Castle Hill & Ealing Dean Station opened in West Ealing in 1871. By 1878, 32 trains each day took West Ealing residents to Paddington and 13 took them to Moorgate in the City. The station was re-named West Ealing Station in 1899. The rail link to Greenford was added in 1904.
An Act of Parliament in 2008 has determined that a new Crossrail station will be built in West Ealing on Manor Road. This will replace probably one of the smallest railway stations in the world which sits on the bridge in Drayton Green Road. Built some 26 years ago its appearance was part and parcel of the deal which brought Waitrose to Alexandria Road. However the sliver of land on which Crossrail apparently will operate is but 0.27 of an acre. Greenford Line trains will not terminate at Paddington but will terminate at West Ealing, starting in September 2016.
Crossrail will be a new high frequency railway service from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Crossrail should be fully operational by 2019.
There are real concerns about the frequency of trains to Paddington between September 2016 and Crossrail becoming operational in 2019, after the Grenford trains cease to run from West Ealing to Paddington.
West Ealing Neighbours and WECNF have variously tried over the last six years to engage with Crossrail and the London Borough of Ealing (LBE) in the design of this station and the necessary arrangements in the immediate station hinterland. We have generally got absolutely nowhere with Crossrail.
In May and June 2014 WECNF attempted to determine exactly what the Crossrail/LBE plans were and also sought opinions from local stakeholders about what they wanted. Hundreds of local residents and businesses participated in this WECNF community engagement exercise. A wide range of views emerged. It became clear in July 2014 that the only constructive route for discussion and negotiation on Crossrail West Ealing would be with LBE. WECNF began useful discussions with LBE on 6 August 2014.
12 August 2014