Network Rail has secured a GBP 2 million (EUR 2.35 million) funding from the Department of Transport (DfT) for the development of an Outline Business Case which will relieve congestion at Stratford station, in East London.
The DfT funding will help Network Rail to develop plans for the TfL managed station, maintaining the safety of the station environment for passengers during busy times and improve the overall station experience, particularly as passenger numbers continue to rise.
Subject to approval and further funding, the improvements could help create more room on specific platforms and around entrances to improve circulation space. In collaboration with TfL, other changes could see improved information screens and wayfinding.
The work will be implemented in several phases and passengers may begin to see the first phase of work taking place between late 2022 and 2024 with the potential for more work over the next 5 years.
Since the 2012 Olympics, Stratford station has seen huge growth in demand at the station and despite the impact of the pandemic, the forecast for this is only set to grow as the area continues to regenerate. Prior to the pandemic, almost 42 million passengers used the station to start, continue or complete a journey between 2019 and 2020, making Stratford the busiest non-terminal station in London.
During peak times, the station can be very busy and requires congestion management measures including one-way systems around the station and onto the platforms to maintain passenger safety.
Stratford station is a key interchange in Zone 2 for passengers in east London with options to use Greater Anglia main line services to London Liverpool Street, Essex and Hertfordshire. The station also provides connections between TfL Rail, London Liverpool Street or Shenfield, later to become the Elizabeth line, the Central and Jubilee lines, London Overground and the DLR.