Friday, 17 March 2017

TFL Gets Planning Permission for Railway Arches

Restored arches near Wood Lane - how it might look
In November 2016 Transport For London showcased its plans to redevelop the arches near Wood Lane Tube station, to take advantage of the Westfield extension and the new proposed public park which will straddle the Hammersmith and City railway line.

TFL’s plans to transform 31 railway arches near Wood Lane Tube station into retail units and commercial space have now been granted planning permission by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

The development is part of TFLs' "drive to boost the amount of money it raises from non-fares sources". But it's also about having a joined-up approach to the new extension to Westfield London shopping centre, TV Centre to the west, and the huge St James' development to the north.

TFL say that work will be carried out in two phases. Phase One will see the nineteen arches closest to the Tube station open early in 2018 - when the new John Lewis store at Westfield is apparently now scheduled to open.

Not all the arches will be commercial and retail. Some will be pedestrian passageways "to improve connectivity in the neighbourhood and introduce new cycle parking".
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