The much delayed work on Twickenham station has lumbered forward with the creation of a new temporary entrance and ticket office. The old entrance and ticket office is now closed with a new access point being created where the car park used to be. Progress at last. OK, so it’s not exactly going to be finished by 2015 as intended – that would be quite tricky now – but it is finally happening.
The new entrance takes passengers onto platform 3 with access to platforms 4 and 5 being via the new temporary footbridge.
Solum’s plans will see a whole new station and concourse and, eventually, blocks of residential flats over and to the side of the new station. These will combine both modern flats and some kind of a Georgian-inspired terrace harking back to a time before the railway had even reached Twickenham. Hey ho. Takes all sorts we suppose.
Stations don’t build themselves and so expect disruption and other inconveniences over the course of the project. In the short term Solum have two Sundays coming up where they have 28 hour ‘possessions’. These take place on 10th and 17th September and last from 01:00 on the Sundays until 04.20 on the Monday. The station will be closed on both of these Sundays to allow for building work including the demolition of the old footbridge.
During the whole malarkey, part of Mary’s Terrace will be closed but its residents have been given 15 spaces in their own special car park opposite The Albany pub. Get them and their own private car park! Cold comfort for living opposite a giant building site for a few years perhaps?
Precision commuters will need to refine their ‘door to platform’ timings to take account of the new entrance. Good luck folks! And of course we’ll try to keep you up to date with important progress over the project. Enjoy!