Twickenham Station

The London Borough of Richmond in the UK has given planning permission to Solum Regeneration, a joint venture between Kier Property and Network Rail, for the development of a £40m station at Twickenham.

The proposal includes a number of improvements to the station, including a modern station entrance and larger ticket hall, lifts to all platforms, improved public transport interchange facilities, a riverside walk and a new public plaza.

Development of the station will provide a new gateway to the town centre, with 115 new homes, and shops and restaurants built around a public plaza.

Richmond Council leader Lord True said, "The gestation of this scheme began some time ago when the planning policy regime encouraged developers to think in terms of Twickenham as a potential high-rise zone."

The project will include a four-storey Georgian terrace alongside the River Crane and a new riverside walk linking the station to Moormead Gardens.

The new scheme will rise seven storeys from the new terrace incorporating the original contemporary landmark building over a new ticket office and public square.

Construction of the station will start in 2012. Its completion will help relieve congestion during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"Everyone agrees that the existing station is a disgrace. More than 6,000 people pass through the station every day. With the Rugby World Cup less than four years away, the importance of having a fit-for-purpose station is being pressed both within and outside our borough." True said.

The Solum Regeneration joint venture was established to regenerate railway stations in the south-east of England, the Twickenham station project being the third project undertaken by the company.

The joint venture is currently carrying out the development in Epsom and Walthamstow stations.

Image caption: New Twickenham station will have an improved station, a modern entrance and larger ticket hall, lifts to all platforms and improved public transport interchange facilities.