The UK Government has announced the completion of essential upgrades to enhance accessibility, local connections, and expand capacity at Feltham station in London.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has proclaimed that nearly £31m was invested for the advancement of the station by the government.
Network Rail started working on the station in September 2018, delivering substantial improvements on a commuter line into London Waterloo.
The extended platforms can now accommodate longer 10-car locomotives.
A new, shared pedestrian and cycle bridge have also been constructed to improve accessibility, along with a further step-free entrance to platform 1, situated near newly built bus stops to boost local connections.
Nearly £375m has been invested in new cutting-edge equipment to replace the older signalling, which will take less time to reinstate services in case 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 build back better out of Covid-19, delivering improved journeys for passengers as they return to the railway.”
Network Rail Wessex route director Mark Killick 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.”
The Feltham and Wokingham Resignalling Programme (FWRP) comprises total restoration of the signalling systems.
The work is being executed in six stages between 2021 and 2024.
To improve the consistency and resilience of services, several level crossings in the area are being upgraded, which will also provide safety to locals.
Furthermore, a new train stabling and maintenance depot will be launched in Feltham, which will serve South Western Railway’s new £1bn fleet of Arterio trains.
The depot will commence operations later this year.
In a separate development, Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Amersham underground station has developed into a step-free station to improve accessibility.
Under the accessibility scheme, two new lifts, a bridge connecting the platforms, and upgraded signage have been included at the station.