Hanwell Station Taken Off the At Risk Register

Renovations at the Grade II listed station approved by Historic England

Hanwell Station has been restored to its former glory
Hanwell Station has been restored to its former glory

Hanwell rail station has been removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register following an extensive renovation.

The Grade II listed building which was constructed in the 19th century had been poorly maintained for many years causing concern for Historic England.

Hanwell Station was originally opened by the Great Western Railway in 1838, although the buildings on site today date from a station rebuild in 1877. The station was Grade II listed in 1972 but was already falling into a poor state of repair at that point. Despite having had some work done in 2000, deteriorated signage and peeling paint on platform canopies and buildings showed that the station was in need of a lot of work when TfL and its operator MTR Elizabeth line took over the management of the station in 2017.

The station, which will be served by the Elizabeth line, has been upgraded to meet modern standards while an attempt has been made to retaining its historic character through careful restoration. The station now has improved accessibility and passenger information, and new facilities.

The original station buildings have been repaired, re-painted and restored to the traditional Great Western Railway cream and golden brown colour scheme. Historic signs on the platforms have also been carefully restored, and on the staircases, timber handrails and cast-iron balustrades have been given a new lease of life with lighting upgraded to brighter, energy-saving LEDs fitted in the traditional hanging lanterns.

A derelict building on platform 2 has been turned into a new waiting room with period features, while the waiting room on platform 3 has also been refurbished to match.

New passenger information screens display live travel information including local bus departure times.

Customers using Hanwell TfL Rail station now have step-free access from street to platform after the installation of lifts. The lift on platform 2 was built using specialist equipment and required hand excavation over a period of weeks so that the historic timber canopy could be left in place.

New lifts installed at Hanwell Station to bring step free access
New lifts installed at Hanwell Station to bring step free access

Additionally, the customer toilet has been converted into an accessible facility and an accessible ticket office window has been installed. The station will be one of 41 step-free stations on the Elizabeth line when the railway opens for passengers in the first half of 2022.

In 2020, London Borough of Ealing pedestrianised the area outside of the station to create a paved forecourt for those walking and cycling.

Improvements already made to forecourt of station

Both Ealing and Historic England provided advice and added expertise on the station conservation project.

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February 25, 2021