The £3.8m project is part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan and will see the stairs, lifts and bridge transformed.
Repairs are being made to steelwork before it is repainted, and new glazing and improved flooring will be installed.
The bridge serves six platforms and is used by millions of National Rail, London Overground and London Underground passengers travelling through Harrow and Wealdstone station each year.
Harpreet Singh Moore, Network Rail scheme project manager, said: “Harrow and Wealdstone footbridge is an integral part of the station, providing access to each platform for all passengers. As part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, this refurbishment will extend the life of the footbridge and improve the journey of all passengers at the station.”
Joe Blake, London Underground area manager, said: “Both Bakerloo line and London Overground customers are set to benefit from these Network Rail works to refurbish the station footbridge. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience while the work is taking place. Once completed, the refurbished footbridge will make a big difference to the look and feel of the station, providing a more welcoming environment for the thousands of people who use it every day.”
Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, said, “This is a great start to the much-needed modernisation of rail services in and around Harrow. Harrow and Wealdstone station is a hugely important transport hub and the overhaul of the footbridge will provide an essential improvement in access for all passengers.”
Councillor Keith Ferry, deputy leader of Harrow Council, said “We’ve lobbied for many years for some improvements to Harrow and Wealdstone Station – it is, after all, one of our most-used and most important transport hubs. So I’m pleased that Network Rail is taking action. Things are looking up in Wealdstone, and I look forward to seeing a station we can be proud of once again – shiny, pristine and sparkling.”
No train services will be disrupted while the major work to the footbridge takes place.
The bridge will stay open but space will be restricted at certain times for the refurbishments to be carried out. Step-free access will be maintained for passengers throughout the upgrade.
The significant footbridge improvements are expected to be finished by December 2019.