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Homes, jobs and growth: 4 new rail schemes TfL is backing to unlock city’s potential

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London mayor Sadiq Kahn has announced the latest four schemes to receive funding from Transport for London’s (TfL) Growth Fund.

Around £24 million will go towards upgrading Walthamstow Central station, constructing a new station building with step-free access at Colindale, double tracking the Elmers End branch tram line and creating a new southern entrance to Ilford station.

These four projects have been chosen because of their potential to unlock homes, jobs and growth.

By providing funding for these schemes, TfL hopes to leverage additional funding from third parties to help get complex transport schemes off the ground.

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Sadiq Khan said: “As London’s population grows, it is essential we continue to build world-class infrastructure like new Tube stations across the capital, but also target improvements in a way that can help deliver the new homes Londoners desperately need.”

TfL will now work with local councils, property developers and stakeholders to finalise the funding packages for these four schemes, with a hope that work can begin on delivering them in 2018.

Previous schemes include the extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside and new stations at Tottenham Hale and White Hart Lane. Further schemes are set to be awarded funding from the remaining £80 million pot later this year

The four projects in more detail: 

  • Upgrade of Walthamstow Central station (£15m from the Growth Fund): The upgrade of the Victoria line station will help support around 2,000 new homes across Walthamstow town centre and provide capacity for future growth in the area, according to TfL. This scheme would provide a second entrance to the station as well as deliver step-free access.
  • New station building at Colindale (£5m from the Growth Fund): The scheme will deliver a new station building with step-free access and new pedestrian and cycle links. TfL says this will help to support around 10,000 new homes, 1,000 jobs and the wider regeneration of the area.
  • Enhanced capacity on Elmers End branch of London Trams (£3.3m from the Growth Fund): Double tracking of the branch line and a second platform at Elmers End tram station will provide additional facilities to enable service improvements and address reliability issues on the network. Once delivered, this would support growth in Croydon and Bromley and future growth along all parts of the tram network.
  • New southern entrance at Ilford Station on TfL Rail(£0.75m from the Growth Fund)To help accommodate the increase in passengers from significant growth and development in the area, this new third entrance into the station will help reduce pressure on the main station entrance and benefit bus passengers alighting at stops along Ilford Hill.

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