As anyone who regularly uses Earlsfield station knows, work is well underway on a major revamp to improve access and facilities. Recent artist’s impressions show the altered entrance and other developments which include:
- the installation of two lifts – one serving platforms 1 and 2 and the other serving platform 3
- the creation of walkways to link the lifts directly from the station entrance to the platforms, providing a step-free route into the station
- the existing ticket office / entrance on Garratt Lane will be demolished to make way for a new modern building which is designed to make it easier for passengers to move around, particularly at the busiest times of the day
- the new ticket office will also include more automated ticket machines, new customer information screens, fully accessible ticket windows, passenger toilets and a new staircase to platform 3.
Major construction work started in late autumn with the first phase of the works involving the construction of the new ticket office building and installation of the lift to platform 3. This is due to be completed in the early part of 2012, at which point work will start on the installation of the lift to platforms 1 / 2. All work is due for completion in summer 2012. Train services should be largely unaffected for the duration of the construction work, however Network Rail say they will be working closely with South West Trains to keep any inconvenience to passengers and lineside neighbours to a minimum.