THE Grade II-listed Hanwell station won the Ealing Civic Society’s 2021 Annual Award for its restoration work ahead of the start of Elizabeth Line services next year.

Transport for London worked with the Railway Heritage Trust to upgrade the 19th-Century station to meet modern standards while retaining its historic character.

The original station buildings have been repaired, re-painted, and restored to the traditional Great Western Railway cream and golden-brown colour scheme.

Historic signs on the platforms have also been restored, while, on the staircases, timber handrails, and cast-iron balustrades have been given a new lease of life and lighting upgraded.

Travellers also benefit from step-free access from street to platform after the installation of lifts.

The station is staffed at all times while trains are running, with ramps available for those that need them to board trains.

Improvement work undertaken by J. Murphy & Sons and Elm Site Services resulted in Hanwell being removed from the Heritage at Risk register by Historic England.

Since 1989, the Ealing Civic Society has given awards to recognise and encourage building and environmental projects that make a noteworthy contribution to the community.

Ann Chapman, Chairman of Ealing Civic Society, said: “This unusual project shows it is possible to combine sympathetic restoration of a heritage asset with modern convenience.”

A commemorative plaque and certificate was awarded to TfL and will be displayed at the station.