Twickenham Gateway, the revamped railway station for Twickenham opened late January 2020.

Policy makers are looking for alternative solutions, including being more creative with public land. Solum, a unique partnership between Network Rail and Kier Property, generates revenue from redeveloping under-utilised railway land.

An example of Solum’s work is the transformation of Twickenham Station. Built in 1954 the existing station and its minimalist facilities have remained largely unchanged. They have not kept pace with increased demand and modern lifestyles of one of London’s most desirable suburbs. The station is famous for hosting thousands of fans attending the Twickenham Stadium for events and also the location where Long John Baldry discovered Rod Stewart busking on his way home from Eel Pie Island.

Delivered as the first phase of the wider Twickenham Gateway project, the new station has a modern design, including more space for passengers, step-free access to all platforms, 250 cycle spaces, an enhanced queuing system for match days at Twickenham stadium and a larger revamped ticket office.

The new station which includes a public plaza which will help transform the area surrounding the station providing a multi-million-pound boost to the local community.

Phase two of the development will see six retail units open. The residential additions will come in three phases, Overbridge House consisting of 39 units, Signal House consisting of 52 units and Bradshaw Gardens with 24 units overlooking the River Crane.

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