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Fears over Rugby World Cup station delays dismissed

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Campaigners have insisted their legal challenge to Rolfe Judd’s £40 million revamp of Twickenham Station in south-west London will not delay platform extension work ahead of the Rugby World Cup

The designs for client Solum Regeneration, which feature a new public plaza and 115 apartments above a revamped station, were approved by Richmond Borough Council last year.

But Twickenham Residents Action Group submitted a challenge to the High Court for a Judicial Review (JR) of the planning approval.

This led to fears that the station would not be ready for an influx of fans for the global rugby competition in 2015.

TRAG said in a statement: ‘Although the JR process may well delay the redevelopment of Twickenham Station, it will of course not interfere with the station refurbishment, which is being funded by the Mayor of London, or platform extension work.’

It added: ‘TRAG continues to be open to meeting the council and other interested parties to share its viable, policy compliant low-rise Plan B alternative, which would have the enthusiastic backing of the local community if adopted.’

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