The completion of the station comes just in time for rugby fans flocking to Twickenham Stadium for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship, with England playing their first matches at home since reaching the Rugby World Cup Final.

Twickenham Gateway is one of the most exciting and complex development projects of this generation – a brand new station, 121 new homes and exciting new retail, all built over a live railway station in the heart of this south west London town.

Tim Shaw, Head of Solum, said: “The opening of the new Twickenham station is the culmination of years of hard work and is the first step in our multi-million pound plans to transform the station, which will deliver new homes, a public plaza and shops.

“We would like to thank passengers and residents once again for their patience as we have undertaken these critical improvement works which will radically transform journeys.

The Twickenham Gateway project is being delivered by Solum, a joint venture between Network Rail and Kier Property which transforms stations in the South East to deliver improvements for passengers, new homes and commercial space at no cost to fare or taxpayers.

Delivered as the first phase of the wider Twickenham Gateway project, the new station has a modern design, including more space for passengers, step-free access to all platforms, 250 cycle spaces, an enhanced queuing system for match days at Twickenham stadium and a larger revamped ticket office.

The new station which includes a public plaza, half the size of Twickenham Stadium’s Rugby pitch, will help transform the area surrounding the station providing a multi-million-pound boost to the local community.

Phase two of the development will see six retail units open – including M&S Food to Go and Sainsburys Local, as well as 121 new homes.