The station will address the needs for national and international rail travel for the next century, while simplifying local movement of all kinds. It will assist the traveller by making the journey to Heathrow easy and fast. Platforms 9-14 will be extended to give extra platform capacity and improve circulation routes within the station itself. A new platform 15 will be built and all platforms will terminate at a common barrier line. This in itself will simplify the use of the station for people unfamiliar with the layout. Connections to the underground systems will be improved, while rail passengers will reach buses and taxis more easily on the new Traffic Interchange Deck above the station.

This deck, level with Bishop's Bridge Road, will ease the traffic flows round the station for everyone. It will pull traffic away from the Bayswater Conservation area and also make road access easier from the north. Improved connections to the nearby gyratory system of the A40 will help in this.

A new pedestrian access from the canal basin, through enormous arches, will not only be convenient, but to anyone with an imagination it will be a lifting of the spirits. From the canal side one will enter into a soaring space. Brunel built Paddington Station on a monumental scale yet, because it lies in a hollow, it has never had a presence in the surrounding streetscape. At last the station will have an entrance on the same scale as Brunel's three great railway vaults.

This proposed tall tower, and the one called ‘Grand Junction House’, by Richard Rogers, described next,  were later denied planning permission, when It was realized that they would be visible from the Royal Parks. The Station building continued, but without the tower. Richard Rogers’ Junction House was replaced by a notably inferior building – commercial space filling of the worst sort. The Richard Rogers building would have been extraordinary and beautiful. It was a real loss.


Bishop's Bridge long before the widening for Paddington Station

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