Facts about Paddington Station
Paddington Station is a frightening and complex history of underground abandonments, rail franchises, and repair after attack by foot and bomb. A number of “boot” jokes have been based on cracks in the walls.
From Praed Street to Bishops Bridge Road, the station expands away from the original 1897 core into a new and more modern station building. To the west is a hotel. To the north, east, and south is an enlarged and renamed Southern Bypass, a branch of the London Inner Ring Road, also known as the A5, and London's major north–south road. The station core is in a shallow cutting.
The area around the station has been increased in size.The surrounding residential and commercial area is a mix of mostly residential with a diversity of commercial reads: restaurants, offices, hotels, and flats; including St Mary's Hospital, a major hospital, and Paddington Waterside.
Much of the job growth of recent years has happened in this area, and much of the commuting traffic between London and the South Bank works in the West End. Among London's top tier of commuter rail stations, Bond Street station is in the London fare zone 1 of the Greater London Passenger Transport Authority.
Short of a band of trains from Paddington or Bond Street Stations on the Central Line, it is the closest to St. Andrews Methodist Church in Brompton Street, opposite Point — one of only two places in the world where you can see the statue.The narrow, busy section of the incoming rail-line through Paddington station, is known as the throat, among some engineers.
Paddington is outside of London, the hub for trains on the Great Western Railway. Two train routes come in. One of them stops at Heathrow Airport. Cliché or not, a new short and hard-driving train is coming to London. It will be named after revered “banana” character Padd.There are thirteen platforms at the Grand Central Station. Platform 1 goes over the original three spans of the train shed built by William Baker, Platform 2 goes over the second, smaller span (Baker only built Platforms 1 to 8).
Platforms 3 to 8 go over the third and final span, Platform 10 is referred to expressly as being underneath the train shed.Trains still pass through Paddington Station. But Paddington station no longer has a goods yard. Goods have been trucked in food, milk, fabrics and other goods. The trains coming into Paddington are a mixture of passenger cars and freight cars.