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August 5, 2013

Willesden Junction station in London undergoes station refurbishment

Willesden Junction station in north-west London, UK, has been upgraded to strengthen safety and security for passengers.

Willesden Junction,

Willesden Junction station in north-west London, UK, has been upgraded to strengthen safety and security for passengers.

With an investment over £750,000 funded jointly by several industry players, the revamp saw the improvement of road conditions in the station approach, new lighting and installation of additional CCTV cameras at the station.

Walkers Construction, the main contractor on the project, completed work seven days ahead of schedule, in collaboration with Willesden Junction station manager London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) and the Harlesden Town Team, a local community group.

Commenting on the collaboration, Network Rail route managing director Dyan Crowther said: "The organisations involved worked well together and the communications between the various stakeholders has been particularly effective."

The project also included the upgrade of local transport links including new bus stops, shelters, bike racks and short-term parking bays.

"The revamp saw the improvement of road conditions in the station approach, new lighting and installation of additional CCTV cameras at the station."

LOROL head of infrastructure and revenue protection Peter Kalton said: "The refurbishment scheme has made a real difference to the community and we are delighted that our passengers and our staff can now benefit from the improvements and take pride in the local station environment."

The multi-party scheme received funding from Network Rail, Transport for London (TfL) and the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham.

TfL borough programme manager (North and West), surface planning directorate Scott Lester said that the restoration benefits are substantial.

"New street lighting will help passengers feel more secure when travelling at night, the wider footway will be a significant benefit to pedestrians, together with new cycle parking and accessible bus stops, we have also improved the carriageways in Station Road and into Station Approach with anti-skid surfaces," Lester said.


Image: The station refurbishment included the upgrade of transport links, incorporating new bus stops, shelters, cycle racks and short-term parking bays. Photo: courtesy of Sunil060902.

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