Transport for London have sent news of London Paddington tube changes over the Summer:
I am writing to let you know that due major improvement works at Paddington Tube station, Bakerloo line trains will not stop at the station from Saturday 2 April until mid August. This will enable us to carry out major escalator renewals and prepare the station for Crossrail services from 2018. During this time, the Bakerloo line platforms, the Bakerloo ticket hall and the Bakerloo exits onto Praed Street and to the Network Rail concourse will be closed.
What work is taking place?
Escalators on the Underground are longer and more heavy-duty than most. They carry huge volumes of people and run for approximately 20 hours a day, seven days a week. Their renewal includes the removal and replacement of hundreds of mechanical and electrical parts. This major renewal work will extend their life by 20 years.
At the same time, Transport for London (TfL) engineers will carefully dig a new 165m tunnel underneath the station to enable passengers to interchange between the Bakerloo line and new Crossrail platforms, which will become operational from 2018. The new pedestrian link will incorporate escalators, lifts, stairs and new passageways in order to make interchanging between the Tube and Crossrail as easy as possible for customers.
Alternative travel options
While Bakerloo line trains are not stopping at Paddington Tube station, customers can still access the Circle and District lines via the ticket halls from the Network Rail concourse and Praed Street. Access to the Circle and Hammersmith & City line ticket hall is also unaffected.
For central London, customers are advised to take:
the Circle or Hammersmith & City lines to Baker Street for alternative Tube routes
the District or Circle line to Notting Hill Gate and change for the Central line
the District line to Earl’s Court and change for alternative Tube routes
the Circle line via Bayswater
a short signposted walk or use local buses from stop H on Praed Street to nearby Edgware Road for the Bakerloo line
For Bakerloo line stations north of Paddington, customers are advised to take a short signposted walk, or use local bus route 46, to Warwick Avenue station.
Customers can also change between the Bakerloo and Circle and Hammersmith & City lines at Baker Street, and between the Bakerloo and Circle and District lines at Edgware Road (which has an out of station interchange).
For the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains, which terminate at Paddington station, customers are advised to take the Circle, Hammersmith & City or District lines to or from Paddington Tube station for these services.
We are notifying customers of the closure with detailed travel advice through emails, posters and leaflets. For more information, and for help planning your journey, please visit the TfL Journey Planner – tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner
Please contact our friends at Henleytrains@gmail.com if you have any questions that need following up.