Hammersmith stations prepare for opening

Shepherds_bush_station_400_tcm21105 Three stations around Westfield London will open in the next few weeks, including the first new tube station to open on an existing line for seventy years.

A brand new Hammersmith & City line station – called Wood Lane – will open from October 12 at the junction of Wood Lane and Ariel Way. The new stop, between Shepherd’s Bush and Latimer Road, will serve the north-east entrance of the shopping complex.

To the south of the shopping centre – near Shepherds Bush Green – The Southern Interchange will form the main entrance to Westfield London. The modern transport hub will offer tube, bus, train, and taxi links. Here, Shepherds Bush station on the Central line (pictured) will re-open on October 5 after the controversial re-vamp of the 1900 original. Council leaders and community groups questioned the timing and lack of consultation around the closure, in January. But now the station is set to re-open with upgraded security and information systems, as well as new ceiling, wall and floor surfaces. There is also a new double-height ticket hall, additional gates and better ticketing facilities.

The new Shepherds Bush Overground station on the West London line will link the north and south of the borough by Overground for the first time. The new stop, between Willesden Junction and Kensington Olympia, on the north/south West London Line will open from Sunday 28 September.

The station was built by Westfield under a planning agreement negotiated by H&F Council. It was nearly ready to open earlier this year but, at the eleventh hour, safety experts ruled that one of the platforms was 18 inches too narrow. The platform has now been widened.

A new bus depot will run a bus a minute in either direction through the Southern Interchange. The depot is scheduled to open in November.

Shepherd’s Bush station on the Hammersmith & City line is to be renamed Shepherd’s Bush Market to avoid confusion between it and the Central line station.

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