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Network Rail gives official go ahead for £40M London station

Brent cross west station

Network Rail has officially given the go ahead for a new £40M station in Brent Cross, North London.

Board meeting papers from January confirm that Network Rail’s board members have “ratified” the “implementation agreement” with Barnet Council for the development of Brent Cross New station, also known as Brent Cross West.

Plans for the station – due to connect into the Thameslink route – had been thrown into doubt in July last year after the owner of the nearby Brent Cross shopping centre paused work on a project to redevelop the mall.

The original plan for the site had been for the council to use ringfenced business rate revenue from the shopping centre’s expansion to fund the new station.

However, the government pledged £320M for development of the station and surrounding areas, as part of its Housing Infrastructure Fund, announced last month. As part of the wider redevelopment plan of the area, 7,500 new homes will be built.

Barnet Council has already begun procurement for firms to design and build the station, with an opening date earmarked for May 2022.

The station will have four platforms, with a single bridge serving the purpose of a public right of way footbridge, as well as access to the new platforms.

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