The site has been the London terminus of services provided by the Great Western Railway and its successors since 1838.  The station was substantially enlarged in 1906–1915 and a fourth span of 109 feet (33 m) was added on the north side, parallel to the others. London , Paddington is home to the Great Western Railway Paddington Band, the last railway band in England. Parking facilities, accessibility access, toilets & baby changing facilities and much more. A statue of him by Marcus Cornish, based on the original drawings by Peggy Fortnum, is located under the clock on platform 1. Despite the numerous upgrades and rebuilding, plus damage sustained in particular during World War II, Brunel's original design is still recognisable. , The GWR was aware that Paddington was some distance from the centre of London, and in 1854 donated £175,000 (£16,547,000 as of 2019) to the North Metropolitan Railway in order that the station could have a link to the City. , The station is in London fare zone 1. A second phase of improvements began in July 2014 and was completed two years later. He took inspiration from Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace and the München Hauptbahnhof. Consequently, Paddington was the original western terminus of the line when it opened on 1 January 1863. Register now and save this information on your personalised homepage.  The original station used four platforms, 27-foot (8.2 m)-wide and 24-foot-6-inch (7.47 m)-wide departure platforms, a 21-foot (6.4 m) arrival platform, and a 47-foot (14 m) combined arrival platform and cab road. After the main station opened, this became the site of the goods depot. This will be in place at the country end of London Paddington station.  The GWR had originally planned to terminate London services at Euston as this allowed them to use part of the London and Birmingham Railway's track into the station, which would have been cost effective.  From June 2005 until May 2018, Paddington was the terminus for Heathrow Connect services. Platform 14 is within the Metropolitan Railway's old Bishop's Road (Suburban) station to the north-west. A queuing system is in operation. The bronze memorial, depicting a soldier reading a letter, was sculpted by Charles Sargeant Jagger and stands on platform 1. There is also a pre-bookable conference room which can seat up to eight people. There is also a separate collection point for pre-booked taxis and a drop off point, Heathrow Express and TfL Rail to Heathrow Airport. Paddington was first served by London Underground trains in 1863, as the original western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway.  One of The Railway Series books, The Eight Famous Engines, contains a story about Gordon, Duck and a foreign engine debating which station London is. Airport Paddington Station is located in United Kingdom near the city of London.The international codes of Paddington Station airport are ICAO: and IATA: QQP.  Between 1989 and 1999, the Lawn was re-roofed and separated from the concourse by a glass screen wall. Platforms 2 to 11 were extended past the Bishop's Road bridge and a new parcel depot was built. 23 and 205 serve the station. TfL Rail services to Reading and Heathrow Airport have been running from the mainline station platforms. Spaces: 682 , On 20 August 2017, a Class 43, 43188 derailed during departure from Platform 2, when forming the rear power car of the 11:57 service to Penzance. Trains between Gloucester and Swindon may be cancelled, delayed or revised.