Syon Lane Station Upgrade Complete
15 December 2020
South Western Railway (SWR), in partnership with their contractor Osbornes have officially opened the new lift and footbridge at Syon Lane, bringing enhanced station capacity and accessibility at the busy west London station. With the recent expansion of the nearby Sky campus on Grant Way, the existing station infrastructure needed to be upgraded to improve the customer experience and allow for the additional footfall at peak times.
The project has seen the installation of two new extra wide flights of stairs and a wide aisled bridge across the railway. Additionally, the station has a new lift down to the Hounslow bound platform and a new step free footpath to the Waterloo bound platform. New Oyster card readers have been installed and located in positions that aid passengers flows into and out of the station as well as a new customer help point.
Syon Lane lift opening. Left to right: Councillor Hanif Khan (Lead Member for Transport) Councillor Tony Louki (Mayor of Hounslow) and Peter Williams (Commercial Director at SWR).
Funding for the station infrastructure improvements have been provided by the Sky campus expansion, with the London Borough of Hounslow adding significant funding to ensure the station is step free. The finished station now boasts new structures that are not only capable of accommodating increased passenger numbers for years to come, but also removing the need to change trains at Feltham or Brentford for those requiring step free access.
Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow said “The Council is committed to increasing the use of public transport and reducing the use of the private car and by improving our connections and making them step free. By working with partners such as South Western Railway and Osbornes, we are fulfilling our ambition to provide high quality inclusive public transport infrastructure.”
Mark Hopwood Managing director of South Western Railway said “The scheme to improve capacity and accessibility at Syon Lane was accepted as a legacy project at the beginning of the SWR franchise, we are pleased that it has been delivered and are looking forward to working with the council to make other stations in the borough accessible in the future".