Comments on presentations by Nick O’Donnell, May & July 2010
These comments were prepared before the release of the Ealing Broadway Interchange Study Final Report and the inclusion in the Development Sites Development Plan Document (DPD) of three of the options studied in that report. Our original impression from the confidential presentations made to us was that the strong preference was for only one scheme (the preferred option 1A) would go forward. We have therefore concentrated on that option in these remarks.
We should however point out that the context of these comments is that none of the options presented in the Sites Development Plan (1A, 3 and 4 of the Interchange Study) will in our view meet the minimum long-term requirements for a transport interchange at Ealing Broadway, for the reasons set out later in this document. Moreover, there would probably be difficulties with proceeding in the short term with either of options 3C and 4, because of the reservation of land under the Crossrail Act. This is in addition to our belief that both schemes as they stand would inflict unacceptable damage on the environment of the Haven Green public open space.
Our comments should
therefore be seen as relating to option 1A as a short-term measure only, to
deal with the problems that already exist and which will grow in the period
leading up to the completion of Crossrail.
Further work to deal with the long term issues will still have to be
considered at a later date, probably by re-visiting some of the other options
contained in the Interchange Study when current funding difficulties and other
development opportunities, such as links with any new
We agree that the emphasis should be on “a sensible and affordable option that can be delivered in advance of Crossrail” We believe this should not inhibit a longer-term view of what is required to meet the objectives for the station and its immediate area, most of which were set out in the original presentation of 11 May, and suggest that options for this longer view should be developed and assessed simultaneously, so that planning both for the rebuilding of the station for Crossrail can take these into account, and that they can be incorporated into the emerging Local Development Framework.
However, we believe the options being examined do not go far enough towards what should be the minimum objectives, both for the time until the completion of Crossrail and in preparation for the period after that. Our detailed comments and suggestions are set out below.
In addition to Nick’s original points, we would add the following :
Any scheme for the area should be judged by how far it goes towards achieving what we believe should be the main aims (both long and short term). These are to:
Preserve or enhance the two Conservation Areas
Protect and improve Haven Green as public open space and village green
Provide suitable “gateway” to Ealing town centre through provision of an integrated public transport interchange, ideally over the train tracks
Improve the experience for both bus and tube/rail passengers
Provide for the expected expansion in station passenger numbers with Crossrail
Safeguard railway land for possible future transport
development (eg 5th track to
Deal with other problems, as identified in the Tibbalds report
· High density of bus stops/ stands around Haven Green results in overcrowding, lack of orientation and bus operation issues
· Insufficient supply/ un-met demand for cycle parking at Ealing Broadway Station
· Poor legibility of station area.
· Pedestrian congestion: Servicing bays on station forecourt form barrier to movement to and from the station and are aesthetically poor.
Pedestrian congestion: Lack of capacity for
pedestrian movements along
· Diagonal (road across Haven Green) forms physical barrier to pedestrian movement.
· Overcrowding during peak times; capacity issues on station forecourt.
· Lack of step-free platform access.
· Lack of Kiss & Ride/drop off facility
Meet similar objectives set out in the Crossrail Scrutiny Panel recommendations
Constraints on achieving any immediate significant improvements include:
Problems with finding a satisfactory long-term solution are similar:
To meet the challenges that these difficulties present, Council strategy should be to concentrate on four key aims:
1. Station access improvements
Immediately push hard for access improvements to the station, both a lift for those with limited mobility and entrance/exit capacity improvements for the able bodied. Some suggestions are shown in the Attachment.
Rationale The lift is to deal with a major problem for many people, about 6 years earlier than anything that Crossrail will deliver. The capacity increase is to stop station closures at peak times.
2. Early bus route consolidation
Consolidation of at least two bus routes at Ealing Broadway. This should be implemented at the earliest practical time.
Rationale To address a current problem with shortage of stands and double parking of buses, and to provide for part of the bus stop capacity increase need to cope with natural and Crossrail bus passenger growth. An immediate approach to TfL would test the commitment of London Buses to consolidation, as well as prove the practicality of such consolidation.
3. New "bus station" public consultation
Press ahead with consultation on all three schemes proposed by Nick O'Donnell for consideration. Such consultation should precede, not follow, funding approval by TfL, so that public views of all reasonable options can be tested
Rationale Any one of these would be an improvement in the short term, and should be considered irrespective of any later, more expensive scheme which may never be affordable in the longer term. Just having such a public consultation would substantially raise the public profile of transport improvements at Ealing Broadway, as well providing a good understanding of the public acceptability of the different schemes.
4. Ealing Broadway Station site master plan
Involve all the stakeholders for the site in the wider regeneration of the centre of Ealing. This could involve engaging a firm of consulting engineers with a brief to develop a comprehensive plan for the whole of Ealing town centre and to be responsible to project managing it to realisation.
Rationale To achieve the full potential of this site as well as further exploring the possibility of incorporating a bus station within it, to allow for future expansion of demand post Crossrail. A Council initiative is needed in order to ensure that a master plan for the site is incorporated into the emerging Local Development Framework.
Comment on Nick O’Donnell’s preferred option (1A)
There are several shortcomings in Nick O’Donnell’s option 1A. .
The biggest risk with proceeding with a limited scheme such as 1A is that it will be treated by the principal transport undertakings as a sufficient response to the pressures which Crossrail, as well as other natural growth, will place on the area. We have considered as an alternative approach suggesting that the Council should omit or defer some of the elements from the present option 1A and submit a pared-down scheme as a further alternative for consultation, as a low-cost, temporary and very limited set of short-term actions. One advantage of this approach is that it would avoid any potential complications which could arise from the reservation of land for Crossrail works, which could cause either of the other two options being considered (3C and 4) from being properly considered or unacceptably deferred.
On balance, however, we believe that there are many desirable and necessary improvements contained in Option 1, particularly to the environment for bus passengers, which should be undertaken as soon as possible, and where appropriate added to the measures in the other options (eg the station forecourt). This should be done in conjunction with tackling the serious difficulties which already exist in accessing the station. A firm commitment should be made to finding a way to allow step free access from street to station platform level, or as near to it as can be achieved, before the rebuilding rather than waiting until it is complete. Possible ways that should be explored are shown in the attachment.
Reducing the space needed for bus stands will be essential, to allow for space that will be taken by Crossrail works and also for the removal of stop/stand B. This can only be achieved in the short term by combining two routes presently terminating at Ealing Broadway to make one new through route, probably as suggested in Option 1A (E1 +E8=E18), as well as the already planned extension of the E10 to Chiswick Business Park.
Moving on from the initial phase (our strategy point 4 above) should be begun in parallel with the options proposed by Nick O’Donnell. This is particularly important in the context of the public consultation on the next stage of the LDF for the site (now designated EAL07), and more details of this should be seen as an integral part of that planning process.
We would be pleased to develop any of these ideas further.
Haven Green interchange alternative objectives
Ealing Broadway station – temporary step free access
Possible alternative locations for level (step free) access to Ealing Broadway station (platforms 4 to 9). (All options would require an extra entrance to the station, with corresponding ticketing and staffing requirements.)
 Final report by Steer Davies Gleave, August 2010
 Ealing 2026 – Development Sites DPD Initial Proposals – September 2010
Act 2008: SCHEDULE 5 Temporary
 Slide 2 of Nick O’Donnell presentation
• Ealing Broadway Station used by over 20 million passengers per year
• Station due to be redesigned under Crossrail proposals for 2017 opening
• Station forecourt is of poor quality, lacking cohesion, identity and function
• Desire to see an improved interchange between all modes
• Set in a conservation area with environmental sensitivity
• Previous interchange studies failed to properly address issues and fully define options
 Ealing Council Unitary Development Plan 2004, S 10.21 Development Sites
 Haven Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal, March 2008
 Fourth Round Updating and Screening Assessment for London Borough of Ealing of air quality for Ealing, June 2009
 Ealing town centre Spatial Development Framework, 2009
 Ealing Cabinet paper