- Network Rail on site to begin construction as part of the first phase of delivery at Meridian Water
- Enfield Council overseeing delivery of the new station as well as part-funding with the GLA, further demonstrating their pioneering approach to regeneration
- Up to 4 million people expected to use the new Meridian Water station every year
- Works form part of Network Rail’s £170 million of improvements to build a bigger and better railway across the Upper Lee Valley
It is not very often London gets a brand new railway station, but construction work has now started on Meridian Water station, as momentum continues at Enfield’ Council’s £6bn regeneration.
The new station, being delivered by Network Rail, will replace the nearby Angel Road station and is expected to serve up to 4 million passengers, including the 10,000 new homes and thousands of jobs coming forward over the next 20 years, as part of the area’s significant transformation.
The modern station has been designed by a world class design team including ARUP, Atkins and architects KCA and will include three platforms and a new footbridge accessed by lifts and stairs as well as new retail space. Provision for an additional fourth platform has also been made to accommodate proposed plans for Crossrail 2.
Doug Taylor, Leader of Enfield Council said of the station works:
“Our Meridian Water regeneration is a once in a generation opportunity to provide thousands of new homes and new jobs for Enfield, and deliver significant benefits for the local community. It is vital that as drivers of this regeneration, Enfield Council ensure the right infrastructure is put in place to support the area’s transformation and this latest milestone is a demonstration of our hard work to deliver the best possible development for our residents.
“Enfield Council is continuing to take direct control of this significant regeneration at Meridian Water, and working with our partners at Network Rail as well as our local communities, real progress is being made to realize our commitment to deliver a truly special new piece of London.”
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said:
“The new station is an integral part of a project to deliver £170 million of improvements across the Upper Lee Valley over the next two years, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. With passenger demand growing, this investment will bring better rail services and support economic growth, jobs and housing opportunities in this area.”
Deputy Mayor for Business and Co-Deputy Chair of the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), Rajesh Agrawal, said:
“The project at Meridian Water has the potential to deliver thousands of jobs to this part of north London. LEAP’s investment will help unlock major economic benefits by helping ensure this new neighbourhood is well-connected to central London and beyond – and is further proof that London is open for business.”
Meridian Water Station will open in 2019, unlocking the area for commuters, taking passengers directly south to Stratford London and London Liverpool Street and north to Stansted and Cambridge. Train connections from Meridian Water are just 17 minutes direct to Stratford London, 24 minutes to London Liverpool Street, 22 minutes to London City Airport and 43 minutes to Heathrow.
This announcement follows the news in June that Enfield has become the majority owner of the Meridian Water site, owning 87-acres 64%) of developable area through the purchase of the 32-acre Stonehill site.