The Info List - Imperial Wharf Railway Station

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Imperial Wharf is a railway station in Fulham within 500 metres of Chelsea in south-west London on the West London Line and in common with many stations has given rise to its own sub-district name Imperial Wharf, which is to some minds synonymous with Chelsea Harbour. The station is between West Brompton and Clapham Junction stations and services are provided by London Overground and Southern. The station opened on Sunday 27 September 2009 and is managed by London Overground.[3] The station is in the sub-district of Sands End where the railway passes over Townmead Road. It takes its name from the adjacent redevelopment of a brownfield, former industrial, site, which has been developed into a luxury 1,800 apartment river-side complex by property developers St George since 2004. As the Imperial Wharf development continued to grow, so did the business case for the Imperial Wharf station. A further application for 1,500 residential units including a 37-storey tower was submitted to Hammersmith & Fulham Council in early 2009.[citation needed] The station is also adjacent to Chelsea Harbour, and was known by this name during early stages of development; indeed its TIPLOC code is "CseaH" in computerised timetable systems.


1 History 2 Locale 3 Services 4 Connections 5 Abandoned future proposal 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Calls for a station here were met in 2005 with a fully costed station and signalling at £3 million, of which £1.7 million had already been provided by Berkeley Homes Plc through its St George upmarket London-focused subsidiary,[4] the developer of the Imperial Wharf site, leaving a funding shortfall of £1.3 million.[5] In October 2007, Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced that St George Homes had agreed to provide another £1.2 million, roughly enough to complete the project. It is also reported that the planning permission for the whole of the Imperial Wharf development was only given on the basis that a station was built.[citation needed] The station secured full funding on 28 April 2008.[6][7] The station opened on Sunday 27 September 2009, in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Locale[edit]

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The new station provides an important link for the Sands End area to Clapham Junction station in the south of London and northwards towards Willesden Junction station. This will be particularly important as the area is further developed by both private and public organisations. This investment includes a new residential development called "The Gallery" which has been started on recently cleared land next to the Laura Ashley offices, between Bagleys Lane and Elbe Street. There are also plans by another developer to redevelop the Lots Road Power Station, into 395 residential units. The semi-derelict building, on Chelsea Creek close to the River Thames, is a large, disused, coal-fired power station. It was designed in 1902 and completed in 1905 and until 2003 was used to provide power for London Underground. The developers had hoped to complete the redevelopment by 2013.


A London Overground train at Imperial Wharf


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to Stratford

Grand Union Canal

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Imperial Wharf

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to London Victoria

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and Oxted line

The typical off-peak services in trains per hour (tph) are:

4tph northbound to Willesden Junction, of which 2tph continue to Stratford (London Overground)[8] 1tph northbound to Milton Keynes Central (Southern)[9] 4tph southbound to Clapham Junction (London Overground) 1tph southbound to South Croydon (Southern)

At peak times, all 4 London Overground trains continue to Stratford. Some additional Southern services also operate between Shepherd's Bush and Clapham Junction. Late evening London Overground services only run between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction. On Sundays, Southern services only run between Watford Junction and Clapham Junction.


London Bus routes 391, 424 and C3 serve the station.[10] Chelsea Harbour Pier, which is approximately 250 metres away for river buses services.[11]

Abandoned future proposal[edit] There were proposals, supported by RBK&C, to include a stop at this location, on the proposed Crossrail 2 line (known for a time as the 'Chelsea-Hackney Line'). If these plans were carried forward, then it would provide an interchange between London Overground services and either London Underground or main line commuter rail services, depending on which standards the new line is built to.[12] However, as of 2014, it is unlikely that Crossrail 2 will route via this location due to the engineering complexities of a kink in the route between the proposed Chelsea station and Clapham Junction. The nearest London Underground stations will remain Fulham Broadway, West Brompton and Sloane Square. Fulham Broadway was also once planned for the Crossrail 2 route but aborted.[13] References[edit]

^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.  ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year. ^ Chuffed by new train station Archived 27 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine., London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham ^ Imperial Wharf planning report Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., paragraph 35 ^ Westlondonlinegroup.org.uk - funding shortfall, 13 April 2005 ^ "Hammersmith & Fulham to give green light to new Imperial Wharf railway station" (Press release). 24dash.com. 21 April 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2008.  ^ "Imperial Wharf station saved". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. 21 April 2008. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.  ^ Table 59 National Rail timetable, May 2016 ^ Table 66 & 176 National Rail timetable, May 2016 ^ "Buses from Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Harbour" (PDF). Transport for London. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015.  ^ "Boats from Chelsea Harbour Pier" (PDF). Transport for London. Spring 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03.  ^ http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/i/imperial_wharf/ ^ "Crossrail 2 June 2014". TfL Consultations Portal. Transport for London. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Imperial Wharf railway station.

"Imperial Wharf station". Always Touch Out. 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2008-07-12.  Imperial Wharf station work begins. Imperial Wharf, SubBrit stations project London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham - Chuffed by new train station. London Evening Standard Homes and properties - A new railway station for Fulham.[permanent dead link] BBC News Website - A new station opens in South London. The Standard - A new Footbridge between Battersea and Imperial Wharf The Standard - New Foodbridge is given the go-ahead

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