One of the two western entrances at Paddington station that was closed during Crossrail works has reopened.

The entrance can be found near platform one, next to Sainsbury’s and the ticket office, and opens onto Eastbourne Terrace, where new paving has been laid and CCTV has also been installed.

Eastbourne Terrace entrance (c) Network Rail

It was closed, along with another entrance further down platform one back in 2011, while the former taxi-rank outside was turned into the new ticket hall and platforms for the Elizabeth line.

They’ve been progressively pulling the hoardings back as the station moves closer to completion, so were able to reopen this side entrance.

The opening is timely, to help reduce crowding at the other entrances.

It follows several other measures introduced at the station to ensure passengers can travel safely this summer and beyond. This includes one-way systems, floor markings to keep a safe distance from each other, hand sanitising stations, spaced seating areas and an enhanced cleaning regime.

Edited to show reopened entrance. Original map (c) Network Rail


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One comment
  1. SteveP says:

    Finally. What few people know is that this entrance was never supposed to be closed in the first place (according to Planning docs). It was basically commandeered by Crossrail as an employee entrance, forcing thousands of local office commuters to use the slip road instead.

    But it did serve as a sort of bellwether of progress and/or lack therof

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