Five million pounds worth of upgrades were officially unveiled at Whitton Station on Friday, the major improvements include a new station building, new bridge, two lifts, refurbished platforms and canopies.
Passengers will find Whitton Station more accessible than ever thanks to the partnership work between Network Rail, Richmond Council and the Department for Transport. The new station building includes a new ticket office, shops, new fully-accessible toilet, an improved station forecourt and cycle racks. An enormous amount of investment has been made at the station since improvements began in March 2015 and were completed this month.
Whitton Cllr Gareth Elliott said:"This upgrade is a wonderful addition to Whitton Village bringing provision of access to all - be it the disable, the elderly or parents with young children. With fast access into London our partners at Network Rail, the RFU and the Council have shown a confidence in Whitton as a forward looking dynamic place to live, work and play."
Richmond Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:"We have worked hard over the years with our partners at Network Rail and the RFU to help make this major £5million improvement programme happen at Whitton Station. The official unveiling of this new, fully accessible footbridge is a proud day for us and marks the completion of the final phase of these upgrades."The new bridge provides two lifts for passengers and since the work began in March 2015 our £450k investment alongside a similar amount from the RFU, has helped to provide passengers with refurbished platforms and canopies and a new station building which houses a new ticket office, new retail unit, new accessible toilet and an improved station forecourt and cycle racks.
"Richmond Council has already made a big investment in transforming Whitton High Street through our Uplift Programme which complements the major upgrade work at Whitton Station. We are all very proud of the work that has gone on in Whitton over the years. It will make a big difference to the local community and leave a long-lasting legacy."
Route Managing Director at Network Rail, Becky Lumlock, added:"Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering better stations and better journeys across the region. The £5million that has been invested here will make a real difference to passengers, providing them with a more pleasant and more welcoming station. The number of passengers using the railway is growing at a fantastic rate and by investing in making the railway more accessible we can help to make sure that everyone can take advantage of the improvements we're making."