New Entrance Opened at Imperial Wharf Station

Provides improved access to northbound Overground and Southern services

The new entrance was built using an existing fire escape

An additional entrance has been opened at Imperial Wharf Station providing improved access to northbound London Overground and Southern services.

The £1.7m upgrade, which was officially unveiled on 28 June, is part of a package of improvements which include a new ticket gateline and a covered pathway, which allows quicker and easy access to northbound services towards Shepherd’s Bush, Willesden Junction and Stratford, helping to reduce congestion and improve journey times.

The scheme was funded by the Department for Transport and was unveiled by Network Rail, Transport for London (TfL) and Arriva Rail London, who operate the London Overground on TfL’s behalf.

The new entrance has been delivered by refurbishing a set of existing stairs, normally used solely as a fire escape, at the end of the platform. A covered walkway has been installed providing shelter for passengers.

The original access to the platform was via a two-way staircase that often became congested during busier times. The new entrance and additional staircase should help alleviate this congestion and allow trains to depart more promptly.

Attending the special opening event were Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham along with Rory O’Neill, TfL’s General Manager for London Overground, Nathan Griffiths from ARL and Katie Frost from Network Rail.

Greg Hands MP cuts the ribbon at the new station entrance
Greg Hands MP cuts the ribbon at the new station entrance

Speaking at the event, Greg Hands MP, said, “I was here with then London Mayor Boris Johnson at the original opening of Imperial Wharf station in 2009, and am delighted to be here again today to celebrate its refurbishment. The station has provided invaluable and well-used public transport to Sands End and Chelsea Harbour, which had long been cut off. I am delighted to see these improvement works today!”

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said, “This upgrade demonstrates how effective partnership can help enhance and expand access to London’s transport network. This additional entrance is the latest in a series of fantastic improvements to London’s public transport network this year, following on from the upgrade to Bank station on the London Underground and the opening of the new Elizabeth line.”

“This great new addition to Imperial Wharf station will help cut congestion during peak time making connections and journeys even easier for Londoners using rail and TfL services.”

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July 6, 2022