Britains newest railway station was opened by Boris Johnson. He opened the station, on London Overground, in Fulham, with Council Leader Steven Greenalgh and others this week.
The new station puts Sands End residents within five minutes of Clapham Junction, and 18 minutes of Willesden Junction – South to North of Hammermith in under 20 minutes is something of an improvement.
The Mayor of London praised the stylish new station as it will provide fast connections to the rest of the transport network, and puts Imperial Wharf well and truly on the map.
He said the station was “an example of what can be achieved when private investment and local government work together for a common goal”, and that it “can only serve to encourage inward investment and help bring new businesses and jobs to an area that, although a neighbour to the high-fliers of Chelsea Harbour, has long been in need of the regeneration that is now taking place”.
In addition to Shepherds Bush station which opened next to the Westfield mega-mall last October the new Imperial Wharf station means the north and south of the borough are connected by Overground rail for the first time since the Second World War.
Plans to build the station had been in limbo for more than 15 years before Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea Councils agreed a £7.8 million funding package with St George and TfL last year. The agreement paved the way for developers St George to build the station.
Currently three trains are running in each direction every hour and the station allows South Fulham residents much easier access to the Underground at West Brompton. From 2011, it will be served by four London Underground trains per hour all day, every day. Southern trains also call at the station.
Tony Carey, Managing Director of St George, said:”St George is proud to have enabled the new Imperial Wharf station to be built by taking both the responsibility for project management and constructing the station as well as providing a substantial £4.8 million towards the cost of this £7.8 million station”.
Cllr Merrick Cockell, Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, which co-funded the project, added: Its taken a while, but thanks to Hammersmith & Fulham and my own council forging a strong partnership with TfL and the private sector we have been able to improve public transport in an area where residents for many years have been calling for better links.
There is a session on Orbital Transport in the Place West London conference on October 13, which will discuss other improvements that could be made to the network in West London. See the conference programme here.