Crossrail advise that the station upgrade works are now progressing well, with installation of the steelwork for the new lifts brought forward to November. The programme of work is being carried out in two phases. The first will deal with the south side of the station (right hand side facing the station). Most of the new ticket hall and the canopy in front will be built in this part. The work is expected to complete in late summer 2020 when most of the new street level ticket hall will open up. The second phase will deal with the north side of the station and include the completion of the ticket hall, the canopy in front of this part of the station and Villiers House (the office block above the station). Design work is continuing on the platform canopies. The new lifts on expected to come into operation during 2020. The TfL Rail service out to Reading will start on Sunday 15 December replacing the current GWR services. There is still no firm date for when the new trains will start running to Heathrow.