. . . five new Crossrail stations that were due to be built in west London by Network Rail will be delayed. Acton, West Ealing, Hayes and Harlington and Southall were due to be finished by the end of this year. Ealing Broadway was meant to completed by end of January next year. That's all gone out of the window and they'll now be upgraded by the summer of 2019. Today in West Ealing the building site is empty with little work completed - it was meant to be finished by the end of next month.
The stations are already there. What has been delayed is the rebuilding of station entrance/exits at Hayes & Harlington, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway and the step free access at all west London stations.Platform lengthening is progressing.
It does appear that Network Rail does not have Project Management that can deliver anything on time.
There is level access beyond the ends of platforms 8&9.
Ah that answers a question I had. I've been kindly sent the Design and Access Statement for the revised Ealing Broadway plan. This confirms there is lift access from the ticket hall level down to the P4-6 platform level. There is level access from there to P7 and P8 and if you can get round the buffer stops on the level, as you state, then P9 is also accessible.
There is step-free access to and from P9 but it is not level as the route goes up and down ramps to get over the end of the old buffers. There is information and photos at Direct Enquiries, where the ramps are described as "steep". I don't know how easy it would be to lessen the gradients.
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