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
LocationSands End
Local authorityHammersmith and Fulham
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerTransport for London
Station codeIMW
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 3.133 million[2]
2017–18Increase 3.194 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 3.123 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 2.863 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 1.010 million[2]
Key dates
27 September 2009Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°28′31″N 0°10′58″W / 51.47517°N 0.18281°W / 51.47517; -0.18281Coordinates: 51°28′31″N 0°10′58″W / 51.47517°N 0.18281°W / 51.47517; -0.18281
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Imperial Wharf is a London Overground and National Rail station located in Sands End in west London on the West London line, and is next to 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.


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.


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

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

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.


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.[11]

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.[12]


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Chuffed by new train station Archived 27 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  4. ^ Imperial Wharf planning report Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, 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. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Imperial Wharf station saved". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. 21 April 2008. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  8. ^ "Train Timetable | Train Times | Southern Railway". 3 September 2022. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Buses from Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Harbour" (PDF). Transport for London. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Boats from Chelsea Harbour Pier" (PDF). Transport for London. Spring 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Disused Stations: Imperial Wharf Station".
  12. ^ "Crossrail 2 June 2014". TfL Consultations Portal. Transport for London. Retrieved 5 July 2014.

External links[edit]

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