First Step To Major Changes At Gunnersbury Station
Network Rail will look into upgrades after meeting local MP
Much-needed improvements could be in the offing at Gunnersbury Station, after Network Rail gave MP Mary Macleod its support for schemes aiming to tackle the rising footfall at the station nearest to Chiswick Business Park.
The announcement came at the latest meeting of the Gunnersbury Station Action Team, established by Mary Macleod to discuss improvements to the station with a particular focus on improving safety and tackling congestion problems.
Attendees at the meeting included representatives from Transport for London and National Rail, along with a number of local residents' groups.
Congestion at Gunnersbury Station has increased rapidly in recent years, as a result of the Chiswick Park development. The problem has already been a concern of local residents for a long time, and is set to be further exacerbated by the development of the new Brentford Station and the London Octopus.
The Action Team group advocated introducing clearer signage and reconfiguring the platform in the hope of reducing congestion on the staircase. Network Rail also agreed to consult an architect to look at short and long-term improvements to the station.
Mary Macleod MP commented: “Gunnersbury Station needs to change. We need to take into account the increased population and growing workforce in Chiswick. Safe and effective transport links are absolutely essential for the area, which continues to grow. The Gunnersbury Station Action Team has already made progress by identifying what needs to change, and some early steps have been taken to start the ball rolling. There is more work to be done, but I believe we can deliver a better station for everyone in the future”.