Tooting Member of Parliament Sadiq Khan’s campaign for improvements to Earlsfield Station reached an important milestone recently, when the senior design and management team at Network Rail met him at Earlsfield Station to outline the planned improvements to the station, which have now begun.
The £8 million refurbishment scheme will include:
• A new booking hall
• A wider/enhanced entrance and new frontage
• A new staircase, roof, lift and walkway to Platform 3
• New lift and walkway to Platforms 1 and 2
• New canopies on Platforms 2 and 3
• Additional ticket machines
As part of the improvements, work is already under way to extend the canopies on platforms 2 and 3 to provide further shelter in poor weather and reduce overcrowding under the canopies.
Network Rail are currently in discussion with Wandsworth Borough Council planning officers, and aim to submit a planning application for the rest of the works shortly.
Given the urgent need for these improvements to the station, it is hoped Wandsworth Council will grant the planning application quickly.
Sadiq Khan has been campaigning for improvements to Earlsfield Station since he was elected in 2005.
This led to immediate improvements to the station improvements for passenger safety and security, a new disabled access point, improved ticketing facilities and some minor renovation works.
In 2007 Sadiq secured funding for lift access to Earlsfield Station, but it was apparent that nothing short of a complete refurbishment of the station would be needed in the short term, so Sadiq extended his campaign and successfully secured funding for the refurbishment work which will begin soon.
Sadiq Khan MP said, "I have been incredibly frustrated by the delays to the improvements works and new lifts at Earlsfield Station, after securing the funding more than 3 years ago.
“We can at last see some light at the end of the tunnel with the extension of the canopy and the refurbishment and lift plans about to be submitted to Wandsworth Council for a major refurbishment of Earlsfield Station.
“We have the money and the plans are almost ready to be submitted. I have asked Network Rail to ensure that we use this development opportunity to ensure that every single part of the station is improved"