Bristol rail passengers to see "dismal" tube station upgraded next year
Bristol West Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams has received a reply from London Mayor Boris Johnson over the state of Paddington tube station.
Mr Williams, who regularly travels to London by train for parliamentary duties in the House of Commons, condemned the "dismal conditions" which Bristol rail passengers have to endure on the Bakerloo line.
The MP proposed an early day motion on the issue in which he said the restoration of one of the spans of the Edwardian glazed roof of Paddington Station which is now brightly painted and casting natural light onto the platforms and concourse should be compared with the poor conditions of the Bakerloo line station below.
He said crowded conditions and peeling paint made for a poor point of arrival and departure for passengers travelling between Paddington and Bristol and the west country.
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He called on Mr Johnson to schedule a much-needed programme of works and renovation for the sake of commuters and travellers.
In his reply, Mr Johnson said: "I can assure you that Paddington Tube station has not been overlooked and is indeed benefiting from the multi-billion pound investment in transport serving London.
This year, a new entrance has opened at Paddington (Hammersmith & City line) Tube station, and further improvements including a new ticket office and lift to platform level are due to be finished by 2014.
"The new Crossrail station at Paddington is being built, and when Crossrail opens in 2018 passengers arriving at Paddington from Bristol, Cardiff and all other cities in the West Country and South Wales will benefit significantly.
"I hope that you are reassured that maintaining and renewing the Tube is one of my top priorities and I appreciate that the condition of Paddington station is of particular importance to you and your constituents for whom the station serves as a gateway to London".
Mr Williams said: "Over the next few years we will see a huge improvement to mainline rail services to London as the line is electrified. Paddington Station has also become a much more attractive mainline station in recent years. But contrast this with the dismal state of the underground station at Paddington!"
"I am pleased that Bristolians have not been forgotten with the improvements to our main access to the nation's capital."
Mike Brown, the Managing Director of London Underground, said: "The main tube station does require work to bring it up to the same standard. In the short term, we will be improving the overall appearance of the station through a programme of redecoration, which will start next year.
"This will do much to improve the overall environment of the station.
"In the longer term, improvements to the Bakerloo line and the introduction of Crossrail services will significantly reduce crowding at the station. A pedestrian tunnel is planned which will link the Crossrail station with the Bakerloo line which will enable customers to move through the station more easily."