Go-ahead for West Hampstead rail station

PLANNERS at Camden Council have given the go-ahead for work to start on reshaping West Hampstead s interchange rail station. Following a Town Hall meeting last Thursday night, Network Rail can now build a new footbridge with step-free access at the Thames

PLANNERS at Camden Council have given the go-ahead for work to start on reshaping West Hampstead's interchange rail station.

Following a Town Hall meeting last Thursday night, Network Rail can now build a new footbridge with step-free access at the Thameslink station.

It will allow disabled people, parents with prams and buggies and people with luggage easy access to the trains, and marks the first phase of work on the interchange project which has been 20 years on the drawing board.

However, residents are worried surrounding streets such as Iverson Road and West End Lane will not be able to cope with wheelchairs and prams, and will make the area more dangerous for pedestrians.

In the past, there have been numerous injuries as people have scrambled to cross the roads near the overground and underground stations.

Residents are now urging Network Rail and Camden Council to take action to widen the pavements before the bridge opens later this year.

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