Chiltern Railways are proposing a redevelopment of West Hampstead, with new Chiltern & Metropolitan platforms and a direct mezzanine link between platforms.
There are three separate but nearby stations on the West End Lane in West Hampstead - the London Underground station, the Silverlink North London Line station, and the Thameslink station. Interchange is already quite busy between the three stations; however, the link between them is along a busy road and is wholly inadequate for the task.
Chiltern Railways' proposal involves rebuilding the section of West End Lane between the stations, as a tree-lined boulevard with large pavements and a bus/taxi lane. Below this there would be a walkway linking the three stations, including new platforms to be constructed on the Chiltern line approaches to Marylebone.
The redevelopment would involve demolishing the existing buildings and rebuilding them as a structure spanning the railway lines, which would become subsurface. A five-storey development of housing and offices would be required to pay for the reconstruction, which would be entirely from private funds.
The plans for the redevelopment underwent public consultation between March and April 2004. Steve Taylor can be contacted for further information on (020) 7974 5238.
John Laing Rail, the company behind Chiltern Railways and therefore their proposed interchange scheme for West Hampstead, has confirmed that the scheme is on hold whilst they are involved in a bid for the London Overground concession.
Local groups in West Hampstead believe that small-scale security and safety improvements to the station area are being held back by uncertainty over Chiltern's plans to redevelop the three adjacent stations into a new interchange. Chiltern are expected to submit a proposal to Camden Council which would see the complete redevelopment of the three stations and West End Road.
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