Imperial Wharf railway station

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Imperial Wharf London Overground National Rail
Imperial Wharf stn western entrance2.JPG
Western (northbound) entrance, 27 September 2009
Imperial Wharf is located in Greater London
Imperial Wharf
Imperial Wharf
Location of Imperial Wharf in Greater London
Location Sands End
Local authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Managed by London Overground
Station code IMW
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 0.119 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.737 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.232 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.580 million[2]
Key dates
27 September 2009 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°28′31″N 0°10′58″W / 51.47517°N 0.18281°W / 51.47517; -0.18281

Imperial Wharf is a railway station in Fulham, near to the boundary with Chelsea in west London on the West London Line. 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 operated by London Overground.[3]

The station is located in Sands End where the line crosses 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 over the last five years[when?]. 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.


There have been calls for over 15 years by residents for a station to be opened at this site, to be funded by Transport for London and the local council.[citation needed]

In 2005 the estimated cost was £3 million, of which £1.7 million had already been provided by St George,[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 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 opens[edit]

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.


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 re-develop the Lots Road Power Station, into 395 residential units. The Lots Road Power Station, close to the 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 hope to complete the building by 2013.


A London Overground train at Imperial Wharf

Typical off-peak services (trains per hour) from the station are:

Milton Keynes–
South Croydon
rail services
West Coast Main Line
National Rail Milton Keynes Central
National Rail Bletchley
Leighton Buzzard
Hemel Hempstead
M25 motorway
London Overground National Rail Watford Junction
London Underground London Overground Harrow & Wealdstone
London Underground London Overground Wembley Central
London Underground London Overground London Euston
London Underground London Overground Shepherd's Bush
London Underground Kensington (Olympia)
London Underground West Brompton
London River Services Imperial Wharf
River Thames
National Rail Clapham Junction
Wandsworth Common
London Underground Balham
Streatham Common
Thornton Heath
National Rail Tramlink East Croydon
South Croydon
Brighton Main Line
and Oxted Line

At peak times, all 4 London Overground services per hour 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.[9]


Future proposals[edit]

There were proposals, supported by RBK&C, to include a stop at this location,[11] 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 mainline commuter rail services, depending on which standards the new line is built to.

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.


  1. ^ "London and South East" (pdf). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Chuffed by new train station, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  4. ^ Imperial Wharf planning report, paragraph 35
  5. ^ - funding shortfall, 13 April 2005
  6. ^ "Hammersmith & Fulham to give green light to new Imperial Wharf railway station" (Press release). 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Imperial Wharf station saved". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. 2008-04-21. Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  8. ^ a b North London Line/West London Line timetable from 9 December 2012.
  9. ^ North London Line/West London Line timetable from 22 May 2011.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Boats from Chelsea Harbour Pier". Transport for London. Spring 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  11. ^ 2

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
West London Line
National Rail National Rail
West Brompton   Southern
Milton Keynes - East Croydon
  Clapham Junction
West Brompton   Southern
Olympia to Wandsworth Road
Limited service
  Wandsworth Road