Wandsworth Council’s planning applications committee has approved plans by Network Rail to enhance Wandsworth Town Station.
The proposals include a new entrance and ticket office to replace the site’s temporary facilities on Old York Road. With the new building in place, the automatic ticket barriers would be relocated from the narrow subway tunnel where they create heavy queues at peak times.
The move would also improve station security and mean admission to all four of the platforms would be controlled. The current layout allows passengers to access platform one without passing through a ticket barrier.
The scheme would be funded by Network Rail, South West Trains and the council has secured contributions from local developers as a condition of their planning consents. The new building would be single storey and glass fronted.
Planning applications committee chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said: “It’s been a long time coming but this plan would be a big improvement on the scruffy and impractical facilities at Wandsworth Town. It would finally mean the ticket barriers are taken out of the subway tunnel where bottlenecks are a source of daily frustration and inconvenience for thousands of commuters. Wandsworth Town – and in particular Old York Road – has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. New investment in the aging station is another important step forward for the areas regeneration.”