Battersea Park


Europe, United Kingdom, London

Battersea Park is a suburban railway station in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is by Battersea Park itself, and is not far from Battersea Power Station. It is between Victoria and Clapham Junction / Wandsworth Road. The station remains effectively unmodernised since its construction in the Victorian era. It has an attractive polychrome brick Venetian Gothic facade. Access to the 5 platforms is via steep wooden staircases, and (as of October 2003) it is unusable by infirm or physically disabled travellers. Platform 1 is made completely from wood and Platform 5 is rarely in use, with through Southern and Gatwick Express services passing towards Clapham Junction. At the end of August 2009, electronic ticket gates were installed and are now in use. There is some staffing provision but the station will be fully staffed from first to last train as part of the new Southern Franchise stating in September 2009. With the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station into "The Power Station London", the railway station is due a complete refurbishment. The contract was awarded to the Costain Group in April 2006.