12:48PM, Monday 01 August 2016
Commuters from East Berkshire and South Bucks will now have an easier journey as Bakerloo undergound services have resumed from London Paddington.
Major improvement work meant that the services stopped in April so heavily-used parts in the escalators could be replaced by engineers.
Bakerloo line platforms reopened today two weeks ahead of schedule.
During the work, engineers also dug a new 165m tunnel underneath the station in preparation for Elizabeth line services in 2018.
The tunnel has connections at platform level for the future escalators and a lift, so customers will be able to easily change between Bakerloo line and Elizabeth line services.
Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground said; “I'd like to thank passengers for the patience they've shown while we have carried out this vital modernisation work at Paddington Tube station.
"It serves as a major interchange, and when the Elizabeth line starts running the number of passengers using our services at the station are set to treble."
“To keep disruption to passengers to a minimum, we combined the escalator and Elizabeth line preparation work so that services were affected for the shortest possible time. The work that's been carried out has laid the foundations for a better station for our customers in the future.”
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