Since first being elected in 2005, improving transport links has been extremely important to Sadiq. He has campaigned for investment into Earlsfield Station to redevelop facilities and improve access to the station since first being elected in 2005. (Some photos of the long campaign and construction phase are attached)
As a result of Sadiq’s campaigning, and lobbying, the funding for a £8 million refurbishment scheme was approved in 2007 under the last Government. Work began in 2010 and over the past two years, Sadiq and local residents and commuters have been really pleased with the construction of a new booking hall, a wider entrance and new frontage, a new staircase, lift and walkway to Platform 3, a new lift and walkway to Platforms 1 and 2, new canopies on Platforms 2 and 3 and additional ticket machines.
Throughout the work, Sadiq regularly visited the station to inspect the progress and to ensure the work was completely as quickly and as smoothly as possible. He worked to keep local residents up to date with the refurbishment and the time scale.
The new facilities open upon the rail network so that local residents, who previously may not have been able to access the station, to travel all over London.
Today Sadiq Khan MP, along with Transport Minister Norman Baker MP, formally opened the station, along with Network Rail.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“The campaign for a complete refurbishment of Earlsfield Station has been a long one and I am delighted that the work to improve access and facilities at the station is finally complete. We began the campaign in 2005 and although we succeeded in securing the funding in 2007, it has taken some years to see the changes.
“The improvements really brighten the station up and make it a much better fit for the 21st century. It will also be accessible to commuters who may have reduced mobility or had difficulty using the station with push chairs and buggies.
“It is good news that Earlsfield residents finally have the access and station facilities they need and deserve.”