06/08/2011 AT 09:06
The entrance, which has been out of use for over half a century, has been restored to provide an easier way into one of Britain's busiest stations from St John's Hill, and when combined with the installation of the lifts, marks the completion of a £14.5m makeover for the station. The upgrade, which was funded by Department for Transport, South West Trains, Wandsworth council, Transport for London, Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust, also includes new ticketing facilities, travel information screens and toilets in a fully-refurbished ticket hall, together with new shops. Outside the building a taxi and car pick-up and drop-off point has been created and cycle racks for up to 75 bikes have been installed.
Funded through the government's Access for All programme, the creation of the step-free route into the station and from the over-bridge to all platforms will make the station fully accessible for everyone, particularly those with reduced mobility, heavy luggage or young children. It will help reduce congestion in the subway and main entrance as it provides an alternative way into the station for anyone coming from St John's Hill.
Transport Minister, Norman Baker, said: “Train travel continues to grow in popularity and everyone should be able to benefit from this - that's why the government is investing £370m through our Access for All scheme which aims to make railway stations more accessible. In addition, our National Stations Improvement Programme continues to provide funds to modernise stations across the network.
“These schemes have enabled us to support the improvements at Clapham Junction with more than £13.2m of funding.”
Andy Pitt, managing director for South West Trains said: "We're pleased to have played our part in delivering these important improvements at Clapham Junction. With around 41m journeys through the station every year, it's by far the biggest interchange station on the UK rail network, and the new entrance and lifts will help to ease congestion around the station and provide significantly improved access for our passengers."
Funding worth £600,000 has been provided by TfL through the Mayor of London's Great Outdoors programme for additional improvements, including a new forecourt and taxi rank.
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