|Earlsfield Station Enters Next Stage Of Upgrades|
With additional bike parking and pavement improvements
Work is due to begin this week on the next phase of improvements at Earlsfield Station.
The council will be carrying out further works to upgrade pedestrian facilities by widening pavements outside the station entrance and removing unnecessary street furniture. Additional bicycle parking facilities will also be provided.
Some environmental improvements were carried out last summer but were then put on hold and could not be completed until Network Rail had finished its latest phase of works at the station.
As well as better pedestrian facilities, the station now has an attractive new entrance, new ticket office, a passenger toilet and two new lifts to the platforms as part of a £5.5m revamp funded by the government's Access for All scheme, Network Rail, South West Trains and Wandsworth Council.
The new-look station, which is used by 2.8m passengers a year, was officially opened by Transport minister Norman Baker in April.
The council's transport spokesman Cllr Russell King said: "We think this widespread package of improvements is great news for local rail commuters.
"Earlsfield has been transformed into a much brighter and much more attractive station and very importantly now offers easy and proper access for disabled passengers and for parents with buggies.
"But as well as upgrading its interior it was also important to make it easier and less congested for passengers outside the station, and this means wider pavements and the removal of unnecessary street clutter that can pose obstacles to pedestrians.
"We are very pleased that all our long years of campaigning to get a better station at Earlsfield have paid off."
June 7, 2013