London Mayor Boris Johnson today unveiled plans £200m new transport infrastructure near the Westfield site
Ahead of shopping centre’s opening today, the Mayor joined representatives from London Underground, Westfield, and local councils to visit the new Wood Lane tube station on the Hammersmith and City Line.
The station is the first new station built on an existing line for 70 years.
Other local improvements borne from the £200m investment will include:
- A rebuilt Shepherd's Bush Central line station, with new enlarged ticket hall, brand new escalators for the first time in 80 years, and enhancement so that the station will cope with the increased demand that will follow the opening of the Westfield centre
- A new fully accessible White City bus station, next to the new Wood Lane Tube station, capable of carrying 10,000 passengers every day.
- A brand new, fully accessible Overground station on the Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction line, offering passengers a north-south rail link at Shepherd's Bush.
- A refurbished and improved White City Central line station.
- Four new cycle routes and 570 secure cycle parking spaces around the site.
- Upgraded pedestrian access with new crossings around the whole site.
The improvements were the result of partnership working between TfL, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Westfield, who invested £170 million coupled with a further £30 million from Transport for London.
Boris Johnson said: ‘This is a fantastically exciting day for West London, which - with its incredibly impressive new shopping centre and gleaming new transport facilities - will now become a major destination well and truly on the London map.
‘This huge investment in infrastructure will help to boost the London economy and will make life better for the people of West London, who will see the real benefits of an unprecedented improvement in public transport.
'The new Wood Lane station, and the connection to the London Overground network, will radically improve the transport links for people in West London, who have been crying out for better connections for years. And the shopping centre will bring new investment into the local community, and will help to support the regeneration not just in the area around Wood Lane, but for many miles around.’