Transport for London (TfL) has opened a new entrance and ticket hall for customers at Ilford station, providing a convenient link for residents in nearby homes as well as step-free access to Platform 1.
The new southern entrance provides an additional way to access the station for those travelling from Ilford into central London and Essex.
It was originally proposed in 2015 and has been built using funding from the Greater London Authority Housing Zone Grant and the TfL Growth Fund as well as further support from Redbridge Council.
The entrance will provide further capacity to support the expected rise in passenger numbers when the Elizabeth Line opens.
A new ticket hall provides a step-free entrance to Platform 1 ahead of new lifts being installed at the station by Network Rail as part of the wider station improvement project. Three lifts will provide step-free access to all platforms when complete.
There is also a new gateline and ticket machines as well as enhanced customer information screens with real-time travel information. A “Continue Your Journey” screen beside the exit will mean customers have access to live bus departure information for the nearby bus stops, making public transport journeys easier.
Danny Fox, TfL Rail deputy director of operations, said: “We’ve seen lots of development around Ilford station since we launched TfL Rail in 2015 and this new entrance will support more people using the railway in the years to come.”
Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council, said: “It’s an exciting time for Ilford town centre. Redbridge Council is working with partners to transform the area into a cleaner, greener thriving hub for people to live, work, visit and enjoy.”
The construction of the Elizabeth Line has catalysed significant regeneration in the area with more than 1,000 new homes built around the station in the past few years.