Imperial Wharf railway station
Western (northbound) entrance, 27 September 2009
Location of Imperial Wharf in Greater London
|Local authority||Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Owner||Transport for London|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|27 September 2009||Opened|
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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 subdistrict 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 is in the mainly historic subdistrict term Sands End and its 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.
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.
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-focussed subsidiary, the developer of the Imperial Wharf site, leaving a funding shortfall of £1.3 million.
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.
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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.
The typical off-peak services in trains per hour (tph) are:
- 4tph northbound to Willesden Junction, of which 2tph continue to Stratford (London Overground)
- 1tph northbound to Milton Keynes Central (Southern)
- 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.
- Chelsea Harbour Pier, which is approximately 250 metres away for river buses services.
Abandoned future proposal
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.
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.
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- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Chuffed by new train station, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
- Imperial Wharf planning report, 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. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
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- 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.
- "Crossrail 2 June 2014". TfL Consultations Portal. Transport for London. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
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- 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.
- 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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