A new train station created at the heart of the £6bn Meridian Water development will act as a "springboard" for the project, according to the Enfield Council leader.
Meridian Water station was opened at the beginning of June by secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, and deputy mayor of London for Transport, Heidi Alexander.
The station is part of the Lee Valley Rail Programme and has been delivered by Network Rail and its principal contractor VolkerFitzpatrick. It replaces the existing Angel Road station with improved accessibility for passengers with stairs and lifts, providing step-free access across the railway and to the enclosed concourse that has a bespoke golden panel design.
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Enfield Council leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, said: “The opening of the station – which has been project managed and funded by Enfield Council – underpins the whole development and we are very pleased that it will act as a springboard to allow the whole of the project to thrive as well as massively benefiting the existing population of Angel Edmonton.”
John Cox, VolkerFitzpatrick’s manager director of rail, said: “We are very pleased to play our part in delivering this significant piece of transport infrastructure. A great example of collaborative working with our client Network Rail and most importantly, delivering an exceptional safety performance.”
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “The delivery of the Lee Valley Rail Programme is the culmination of years of hard work. Reducing congestion at busy stations and building a brand new one for the people of Enfield will transform journeys as our network gets busier.”
Martin Moran, commercial and customer service director from Greater Anglia that will manage the station, said: “The station provides the area with better rail options, initially with weekday peak time direct trains running south to Stratford, enabling connections to London Liverpool Street, and north to Bishops Stortford, for connections to Stansted Airport and Cambridge.
“From September 2019 there will be a much better service, including at weekends, as the third track provides the additional capacity that enables us to operate two trains per hour throughout the day between Meridian Water and Stratford.
“Further benefits will also follow with the introduction of our entire fleet of new trains, which are due to be rolled out across our network, including on Meridian Water services, by the end of 2020.”
Enfield Council has funded £40m of the £46m cost of Meridian Water station. Secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, said: “By working closely with Enfield Council and Network Rail, we have provided significant investment to improve this vital rail link, which will allow more people access to the railway and facilitate the council’s plans to increase housing in the area.”
Deputy mayor of London for Transport, Heidi Alexander, added: “The Lee Valley Rail Programme is an excellent example of how investing in transport directly supports regeneration and growth."
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