West Ealing railway station
West Ealing is a railway station on the Great Western Main Line from London Paddington through Ealing to Bristol Temple Meads. It is on Drayton Green Road (B452).
The station is manned for part of the day. There is a passenger-operated ticket machine at this location and a PERTIS passenger-operated ticket machine issuing 'Permit to Travel' tickets which are exchanged on-train or at manned stations for travel tickets. The ticket machines are located just inside the station entrance on the north side.
The station was opened in 1871 as "Castle Hill and Ealing Dene" on the Great Western Railway, which was constructed from London Paddington through Ealing to Maidenhead in 1836–38.
From 1 March 1883, the station (then named Castle Hill (Ealing Dean)) was served by District Railway services running between Template:LUL stations and Windsor. The service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.
The station was located next to the London Co-operative Societies main creamery, and so was equipped with a dedicated milk train platform.
The station originally consisted of four platforms, platform 1 and the island consisting of platforms 2 and 3 to the west of the Drayton Green Road bridge, and platform 4 on the east side. Platform 1 was removed in 1973, followed by platform 2 being fenced off in 1991 as trains on the main line no longer serviced the station. Platform 4 was moved west of the bridge in 1990, partially covering the site of the then long-closed milk depot. The current station building was completed in 1987, following the demolition of the previous one in 1986.
Presently there are four lines (two for fast services out of Paddington), but only platforms 3 and 4 exist. There are also the remains of another platform next to platform 4, the now long-closed LCS dedicated milk depot platform.
The station is served by local services operated by First Great Western from Template:LUL stations to Template:LUL stations and Heathrow Connect services from Paddington to Heathrow Airport. It is on the original line of the Great Western Railway. It is closed on Sundays. The restricted facilities are an intermittently open booking office and a ticket machine. The station is in Travelcard Zone 3. On weekdays and Saturdays West Ealing is served by eight trains an hour, four going to London Paddington and two going to Greenford and Heathrow Airport respectively.
Since October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at West Ealing.
London bus routes E7 and E11 pass the station. Nearby are Uxbridge Road, Broadway and Northfield Avenue for routes 83, 207, 427, E2, E3, E8, N11 and N207. Route E1 serves Gordon Road, a little way to the north of the station.
Plans are in hand to provide Crossrail services at the station. As part of this proposal, services from the Greenford Branch Line will terminate at West Ealing. Network Rail will create capacity for this by converting the former LCS milk train bay into an extra bay platform.
In addition, various further alterations will be made by Network Rail:
- New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Manor Road (to the north of the station)
- Step-free access
- Platforms 3–4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
- Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting, a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems
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Ex-GWR "Hall" Class 4-6-0 No. 4919 Donnington Hall passes West Ealing on 8 June 1962, with a down parcels train. A milk train can be seen docked in the London Co-operative Societies platform.
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The entrance in 1978 before rebuilding.
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Platforms looking east, no platforms on fast tracks visible on the right.
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Platforms looking west.
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Signage on platform, possibly reflecting local sponsorship.
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First Great Western Class 165 DMU 165124 calls at the station with a Paddington service.
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The platforms in 2008, looking west towards Southall.
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Looking west from footbridge in May 2012. The former milk bay platform can be seen to the right of up platform (beyond the shelter).
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