Release Date: 03/08/2012
Rail passengers using Richmond station are finally seeing the benefits of a £400,000 major improvement project.
Richmond Council invested £75,000 into the 3-month project which went towards improving accessibility for passengers, refurbishment of the corridors and internal footbridge and the installation of CCTV cameras in the lifts. The project, which was also funded by the Department for Transport, has been completed in time for the large numbers visiting the borough for the several Olympic events taking place here.
A bicycle hire and maintenance shop has also been built following the success of the Richmond cycle hire scheme which was launched in 2011. The Richmond Cycle Centre is adjacent to platform two and offers a dedicated bicycle facility, providing bicycles for hire, a valet service, maintenance and storage.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The improvement programme has been a great success and has not only improved the station’s appearance but made it one of the safest and most accessible for disabled passengers. We were delighted that these works have been completed in time for the higher influx of passengers visiting the borough for the Olympics.
“The station’s new cycle hire shop also builds on our very successful cycle hire scheme and we’re also adding a secure cycle stand for 20 bicycles later this year to make it easier for cyclists to use their bikes in the borough.”
The project was overseen by South West Trains, with funding from Richmond Council and the Department for Transport as part of the Access for All scheme which aims to improve accessibility for disabled passengers using stations across the UK.