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See first pictures of Ilford’s refurbished station entrance

PUBLISHED: 13:22 22 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:40 22 September 2016

The opening of the new York Road entrance to Ilford railway station. Cllrs John Howard and Jas Athwal

The opening of the new York Road entrance to Ilford railway station. Cllrs John Howard and Jas Athwal

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A renovated ticket hall at Ilford station opened to the public this week, which aims to reduce the pressure on the Cranbrook Road entry.

The new entrance, in York Road, was unveiled today by councillors and Transport for London (TfL) officials.

It has a new ticket machine, lighting, CCTV and provides real time updates to customers from information screens.

The modernisation is part of TfL’s programme of upgrade work along Elizabeth Line stations.

The main entrance, in Cranbrook Road, will also be redesigned, and will include disabled access lifts.

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail, said: “The Elizabeth line will revolutionise travel for people from Ilford, and will also provide a huge economic boost to the area.

“This new entrance and ticket hall is a crucial part of the modernisation of the station, which will be supplemented by step-free access at the station for the first time.”

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “With the arrival of the Elizabeth line, Ilford is on the cusp of huge change.

“Thousands of new homes, a brand new main Elizabeth line station and multi million pound improvements to transform the area around the Ilford station and Ilford High Road are all on the way.

“As the city moves East, Ilford’s fantastic location and our ambitious regeneration plans are firmly placing it on the map.”


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