As many of you will have noticed, Twickenham station is going through a major revamp. The redevelopment will see a new modern station building constructed on a podium over the lines, connected by stairs and lifts. Outside the new building, there will be a public plaza surrounded by retail units and three apartment blocks, featuring around 115 apartments. Original plans were scaled down from over 160 new homes in blocks up to nine stories high. A car park and taxi pick up area will be situated under the podium and secure bicycle spaces will be increased to 250.
In addition to the new buildings, a riverside link will be created, opening up the neglected area along the River Crane and providing a pathway to the new station and beyond to the new Brewery Wharf development and towards Twickenham Stoop and the new Richmond College project.
Work began at the station in spring 2017, when the delivery of signalling equipment and materials commenced followed by the opening of a temporary ticket office in the summer. The new station forecourt and ticket office are due to open in 2019, but the project will not be fully completed until 2020.
The work is being carried out by Solum, a partnership between Network Rail and Kier Property, a company established to bring private investment into the rail network by generating funds from developing under-used railway land. Solum will be adding Twickenham station to a portfolio which already includes Christchurch, Epsom, Haywards Heath and Walthamstow.
The construction work will bring some disruption to trains on certain days. If the station is closed, the closest station is St Margarets, which is a 15/20 minute walk away. A number of buses pass through the area also.