Commuters’ lives made easier thanks to improvements at Earlsfield Station

By Felix Henderson

Work at Earlsfield Station aimed at combating overcrowding during rush hour has finally been completed, to the delight of MP Sadiq Khan.

From July 28 the station will begin to receive ten carriage trains rather than eight carriages after platforms 2 and 3 were successfully lengthened.

The Labour politician has campaigned strongly in the past for numerous station refurbishments and believes this latest change will have a big effect.

“I know that overcrowding on the station platforms, particularly on the morning commute, has become a real problem,” he said.

“This will start to make a real difference to overcrowding at the station and vastly improve residents’ commutes.

“Over the coming months I will be meeting with the station manager on a regular basis, to work with South West Trains and ensure Earlsfield residents have the train service they deserve.”

In addition to the platform changes, South West Trains have introduced a range of further methods to help address overcrowding.

These include a ‘turn up and go’ policy at peak times, additional trains and a review on whether staffing levels need to be increased.

The changes come a year after the station finished an £8 million refurbishment that included building a wider entrance, new staircase, new lifts and additional ticket machines.

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