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28.01.14

£5.2m refurbishment for Twickenham station

Twickenham station is to benefit from a £5.2m investment programme, the Network Rail and South West Trains (SWT) Alliance has announced.

The work will take place ahead of the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Improvements will include step-free access between the ticket office and platforms, accessible toilets, resurfaced platforms, new lighting and a new footbridge. Canopies over the platforms will also be refurbished.

The investment will be funded through the alliance, the National Station Improvement Programme, and £1.6m from the Greater London Authority via Richmond Council.

Sam McCarthy, commercial director for the Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance, said: “Twickenham is used by more than five million passengers every year and these much-needed improvements will help the station cope with this ever-increasing number of commuters and visitors passing through Twickenham.

“The station will be improved in time for the Rugby World Cup and will help create a better first impression for fans as they make their way to the stadium. There will also be longer-term benefits for passengers and commuters who use the station every day and those who will attend future sporting and social events at Twickenham.

“It has been a lengthy process to get to this stage and we have worked closely with Richmond Council to deliver these benefits. We will continue to consider further ways to improve the station as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a better railway for our passengers.”

Work is due to start in May and will take a year to complete.

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