Third Ilford Station entrance announced for Elizabeth line commuters from 6,000 new homes in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:33 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 21 May 2018

Commuters queuing at Ilford Station. Picture: Ken Mears

Commuters queuing at Ilford Station. Picture: Ken Mears


Ilford station is getting a new third entrance to accommodate Elizabeth line commuters living in “6,000 new homes” planned for the borough.

Plans for Ilford station's upgrade. Picture: Crossrail Plans for Ilford station's upgrade. Picture: Crossrail

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced that Transport for London (TfL) is contributing £750,000 to a £2.2million project to create a southern doorway for train users coming from Ilford Hill.

As well as a donation from TfL’s Growth Fund, money will be contributed from Redbridge Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy.

Councillor Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council, is delighted and said the local authority has secured the necessary land for the development through the planning system.

“As Ilford becomes an increasingly popular place to live, a new third entrance will make it easier and more accessible for people to use the station and connect to and from buses,” he said.

A digital impression of the improvements to Ilford Station. Picture Redbridge Council A digital impression of the improvements to Ilford Station. Picture Redbridge Council

“With 6,000 new homes being built by 2030, multi-million pound improvements to the town centre currently under way, a new cultural centre in the pipeline and the Elizabeth line opening soon, Redbridge looks forward to continuing working in partnership with TfL to deliver all the necessary transport infrastructure to accommodate and accelerate growth and further enhance Ilford as a fantastic location to live and work.”

Ilford is just one of four stations benefiting from the Growth fund. Walthamstow Central Station, Colindale and Elmers End will also receive a share of £24m.

Mr Khan said: “As London’s population grows, it is essential we continue to build world-class infrastructure like new Tube stations across the capital, but also target improvements in a way that can help deliver the new homes Londoners desperately need.”

TfL is now working with the local councils, property developers and stakeholders to finalise the funding packages for these four schemes, with a hope that work can begin on delivering them later this year.

Alex Williams, TfL director of city planning, said: “Our Growth Fund is helping to unlock transport schemes which might not have been funded, helping to create more homes and jobs across London.

“By promoting good growth across London, we can help the capital continue to prosper while providing new transport options for Londoners.”

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