Revamp plan for West Hampstead interchange

WEST Hampstead is to be revamped with ambitious plans in an attempt to improve the interchange between the three train stations. Residents are being asked to give their views on the proposals, which include widening paths, improving pedestrian crossings

WEST Hampstead is to be revamped with ambitious plans in an attempt to improve the interchange between the three train stations.

Residents are being asked to give their views on the proposals, which include widening paths, improving pedestrian crossings and providing new bus stops are designed to enhance the look and feel of the area, ease congestion and make it safer for pedestrians.

Developed in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) and local groups, the plans will lead to improve access to West Hampstead's train stations - London Overground, London Underground and Thameslink, which are currently used by more than 13 million people each year.

Camden council has released an artist's impression of how the area might look.


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Plans include:

* Widening the pavements along West End Lane and replacing the existing surface with higher-quality materials;

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* Removing unnecessary street furniture to increase space for pedestrians;

* Relocating and providing new bus stops - to reduce congestion and provide better links to the train stations;

* Easing traffic congestion by better linking of the traffic signals;

* Providing additional cycle parking facilities;

* Modifying the junction of West End Lane and Iverson Road to increase safety for pedestrians; and

* Enhancing the proposed new entrance to the Thameslink station on Iverson Road by widening the footways, improving pedestrian crossing facilities and planting new trees.

Cllr Chris Knight, Camden's environment boss, said: "These plans provide a major benefit not just to the many commuters coming through the area every day but also to our residents and businesses who rely on the shops and facilities in the town centre.

"The proposals would help to address the key issues in the area in the short term as well as feeding into our longer term aspirations for making West Hampstead an even better place to live and work."

The consultation runs until September 5 and a decision will be made in October. For more details visit www.camden.gov.uk/consultations.

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