Paddington station

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Paddington station
Local authority Westminster
Managed by Network Rail
Station code PAD
Number of platforms 14

National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 25.788 million[1]
2005–06 26.501 million[1]
2006–07 27.259 million[1]
Lists of stations
External links


Station location map

Paddington railway station[2], also known as London Paddington[3], is a main National Rail, and London Underground station, in the Baker Street area of northwest central London.

The site is old, having been as the London end of the Great Western Railway and its successors since 1838. Much of the current mainline station dates from 1854, and was made by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The site was first served by Underground trains in 1863, and was the first western end point of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway.

The station has been made better not long ago. It now has an extra job as the London end point for the Heathrow Express airport service. Paddington is in Travelcard Zone 1.

Services[change | edit source]

Rail[change | edit source]

The fast services are run by First Great Western. The main stations for the services are shown below:[4]

Flows on long journey trains to or from Paddington
Journeys in 2007/08 (million)
Reading 4.0
Didcot Parkway 1.1
Swindon 1.0
Bristol Temple Meads 0.9
Bath Spa 0.8
Cardiff Central 0.7
Bristol Parkway 0.6
Newbury 0.6
Exeter St Davids 0.4
Chippenham 0.4

There are also has trains to Slough, Ealing, Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead.[5]

Two trains from Paddington go to Heathrow Airport. The Heathrow Express travels, and doesn't stop, at a high fare. The Heathrow Connect takes the same line but, calls at most stations.[6][7]

Underground[change | edit source]

Below are the lines and main stations on the line:

  • Bakerloo line services:[8]
Edgware Road
Oxford Circus
Charings Cross
Waterloo
Wembley
  • Circle line services:[9]
Kings Cross
Liverpool street
Blackfrias
Victoria
Westminster
  • District line services:[10]
Earls Court
Notting Hill Gate

National Rail[change | edit source]

The National Rail part is named London Paddington, a name used outside London, but not by many people who live there. Parts of the station, like the main train shed, were built in 1854 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the London end point for the Great Western Railway (GWR). Today, it is one of 18 UK railway stations looked after by Network Rail.[11]

Paddington has 14 end platforms, numbered 1 to 14. Platforms 1 to 8 are below the oldest three parts of Brunel's 1854 train shed, and platforms 9 to 12 are below the fourth part. Platforms 13 and 14 are within the Metropolitan Railway's old Bishop's Road station to the north-west. There are two through platforms, 15 and 16, used by the London Underground's Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.[12]

Coordinates: 51°31′03″N 0°10′39″W / 51.517395°N 0.177476°W / 51.517395; -0.177476

References[change | edit source]

    Paddington (Praed Street)    
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Bakerloo line
towards Inner Circle
Circle line
Subsurface station
towards Inner Circle
towards Wimbledon
District line
    Paddington (Suburban)    
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Inner Circle
Circle line
towards Inner Circle
Hammersmith & City line
towards Barking