A new look station for Hounslow has been officially unveiled to the public following a four month refurbishment programme to create a modern station environment, fit for the needs of today’s passengers.
Passengers using Hounslow station are now greeted by a much more welcoming station following the completion of a £650,000 joint improvement scheme by South West Trains working in partnership with the Department for Transport, London Borough of Hounslow and Network Rail.
The old station building has been modernised by enhancing its original features to create a more spacious booking hall and ticket office. A brand new accessible toilet has now been installed.
A new ramp has been installed on the car park side of the station making it much easier for all passengers to access the platform. This is especially beneficial for those travelling with luggage or with young children, and provides access to both platforms for disabled passengers.
Hounslow station also is amongst the first few stations in the UK to be equipped with a new, more environmentally friendly lighting system which uses up to 60% less energy than traditional lights. Sensors detect the level of daylight brightness and automatically adjust to maximise the use of natural light.
To complete its fresh new look, the station has also been repainted. New signs have been installed in compliance with modern standards for visually impaired passengers.
Andy Pitt, Managing Director for South West Trains said: “Today marks the end of a four month programme of improvement work to benefit all passengers using Hounslow station. The end result is an environment where passengers can feel comfortable and welcome.
“Despite the tough economic times, we recognise the importance of stations in providing a gateway to our train services, and we remain committed to invest over £50 million in our stations over the duration of the franchise. Hounslow underpins our commitment to continue delivering quality station enhancements for all our passengers.”
In addition to Andy Pitt from South West Trains, Richard O’Brien, Wessex Route Director for Network Rail and Chris Calvi-Freeman, Head of Transport for London Borough of Hounslow, representatives from all the partners involved helped to mark the official opening of this very valuable station improvement scheme.