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Momentum builds for Twickenham station improvement

31 March 2011

  • England fans and local residents urged to back station upgrade
  • Over 600,000 visitors expected for Rugby World Cup 2015
Twickenham station

Photo: Leo Wilkinson

Thanks to rugby fans' initial support, the RFU is now fixing dates with key stakeholders to discuss the future of Twickenham station. However, in order to build momentum in the campaign the RFU is again appealing to fans and local residents to sign up to an online petition to help ensure that we make the most of the opportunities granted by the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in 2015.

England will be hosting the competition in 2015, and as the third largest sporting event in the world, we expect over 600,000 people from around the world to come and visit Twickenham for the tournament.

The majority of fans and visitors who will travel to Twickenham will arrive by train and use Twickenham station. The station is unwelcoming, lacking facilities and coping with large numbers of people on match days is a challenge despite the best efforts of the experienced Twickenham station staff.

Whilst London has invested heavily in infrastructure for the Olympic Games in 2012 with state of the art transport links and improved stations in and around the Olympic Park, Twickenham station has yet to see any improvements.

Crowds queue to enter Twickenham station on a match day

Photo: Leo Wilkinson

We call on Network Rail, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Transport, Richmond Council and  the Mayor of London to work with the RFU and our colleagues at South West Trains to deliver significant improvements to Twickenham station in time for the Rugby World Cup. We all want to be proud of the experience that visitor from around the world will have when they come to Twickenham.

To register your support please visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/twickenham

The RFU welcomes Richmond Council’s commitment on this. Rugby World Cup 2015 is the world’s third largest sporting event and offers a catalyst to significantly improve Twickenham Station, bringing a legacy for the whole Twickenham community. The RFU is hoping that all key partners will want to work together to deliver a Rugby World Cup of which Twickenham, the Home of England Rugby, can be proud.