MP's call over 'dismal' station
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, pictured, who regularly travels to London by train for parliamentary duties in the House of Commons, condemned the "dismal conditions" which Bristolians 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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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."
Mr Williams said: "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."