Feltham Station in London has undergone a £31 million upgrade which includes longer platforms, a new footbridge and step-free access.
The longer platforms will allow 10-car trains to stop at the station increasing capacity on the busy line which also now has a step-free entrance to improve accessibility
The new pedestrian and cycle bridge combined with the closure of the Feltham West level crossing also brings safety benefits for the local community.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “These important upgrades to Feltham station will make a huge difference on this key commuter line from London Waterloo, providing smoother passenger journeys and improved accessibility into and between platforms.
“This investment underlines our commitment to build back better out of Covid-19, delivering improved journeys for passengers as they return to the railway.”
Network Rail began work at the station in 2018 which was paid for by a £31m government investment.
Mark Killick, route director at Network Rail Wessex said: “We’re committed to providing better journeys for passengers. These improvements, on a key route into London, make the station more accessible for passengers and the local community.”
Alex Foulds, South Western Railway’s Commercial Projects Director added: “This joint effort to enhance Feltham station is fantastic news for our customers and the local community. The improvements to accessibility, a modern new station entrance and improved links with cycle and bus routes will make the station a first-class gateway to the area.
“The extended platforms will also welcome our brand new fleet of longer Arterio trains later this year, fully equipped with charging points at every seat, on board WI-FI and increased capacity.”
The £375 million project to replace the older signalling continues and should be complete by 2024. This will improve reliability on the key commuter line to London Waterloo.