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New station opens in south London

Imperial Wharf Station
The new station will cut many journey times in south London

A new railway station has opened in south London following a 15-year campaign by residents.

Imperial Wharf cost £8m to build and is located on the Overground network between West Brompton and Clapham Junction in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Transport for London (TfL) provided £1m while local housing developer St George paid £5m towards the project.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson called it a "joint effort" and added: "We want to promote that kind of arrangement."

Stephen Greenhalgh, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which also provided funds, said: "A lot of people have had to put their hands into their pockets to make this a reality.

"Infrastructure projects in London tend to take far too long."

One passenger arriving at Imperial Wharf told BBC London: "It is a long way if you go from Clapham Junction by bus to here, so it takes more than one hour.

"Now it just takes five minutes - it's very good."



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