A £1 billion investment for Paddington
Paddington Station is at capacity. Annual passenger numbers are forecast to increase from 37 million today to more than 60 million from 2031, following the arrival of Crossrail in 2018. This growth in passenger numbers will make Paddington London’s fourth busiest station – comparable to Waterloo, Victoria, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.
In spite of this, there is no real entrance for Paddington Station. Brunel was never allowed to finish the entrance he wished to install when the station was constructed, and the current access to the station is rapidly becoming overwhelmed and unfit for purpose. Our proposals will inject £1 billion into Paddington, aimed at revitalising the forecourt to this great station, increase Paddington’s effectiveness as a transport hub and revitalise this vital part of London.
Our scheme will deliver a new public square, elegantly designed to create a modern, yet fitting open space that will create a world-class gateway to the station. The public square will be surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes, encouraging people to spend more time in the area, reinforcing Paddington’s importance as a transport hub and a destination in its own right.
The scheme, with the public realm and tower, will create a new identity for this part of Paddington, will act as a marker for Paddington Station and will create a new landmark for visitors arriving in London from elsewhere in the UK and beyond.
Transport for London, Crossrail and Network Rail overwhelmingly support our proposals and we are working with them across all phases of the scheme.