Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has today (5 Feb) announced the £31 million upgrades to improve accessibility, local connections and capacity at Feltham station have been completed.
The station and the surrounding area have seen numerous improvements since Network Rail began work in September 2018, delivering significant benefits to passengers on a busy commuter line into London Waterloo.
These include extended platforms to allow longer 10-car trains to call, while the Feltham West level crossing has been closed to improve community safety.
Accessibility has also been improved with the construction of a new shared pedestrian and cycle bridge, providing a bike-friendly route over the railway, along with a further step-free entrance to platform 1, next to newly positioned bus stops, improving local connections.
The work comes as a £375 million project to replace older signalling with new advanced equipment continues, with the new technology set to improve reliability for passengers by reducing the time it takes to restore services in times of disruption.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “These important upgrades to Feltham station will make a huge difference on this key commuter line from London Waterloo, providing smoother passenger journeys and improved accessibility into and between platforms.
“This investment underlines our commitment to building back better out of COVID-19, delivering improved journeys for passengers as they return to the railway.”
Mark Killick, Route Director at Network Rail Wessex, said: “We’re committed to providing better journeys for passengers. These improvements, on a key route into London, make the station more accessible for passengers and the local community.”
Alex Foulds, South Western Railway’s Commercial Projects Director, said: “This joint effort to enhance Feltham station is fantastic news for our customers and the local community. The improvements to accessibility, a modern new station entrance and improved links with cycle and bus routes will make the station a first-class gateway to the area.
“The extended platforms will also welcome our brand-new fleet of longer Arterio trains later this year, fully equipped with charging points at every seat, onboard Wi-Fi and increased capacity.”
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