People who want to find out more about the platform-level improvements at Twickenham station can attend a drop-in session next week.

Significant improvements will be carried out, including a new footbridge, using £1.6m funding from the Greater London Authority.

Leader of Richmond Council Lord True said: “There is no one in Twickenham who does not think the current station is an utter disgrace to our town and hugely inadequate – struggling to cope at maximum capacity.

“Given the long delays caused by an unjustifiable challenge to the planning process, it will sadly not be possible to complete the whole station rebuild by the 2015 World Cup.

“But we are working with Network Rail and South West Trains to ensure a high quality platform level station and entrance are available by then - this is the first stage of that.”

Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance are holding the drop-in from 4pm with a presentation scheduled for 6.30pm on January 29 in the Churchill Suite at Twickenham stadium.

This meeting will focus on works at platform level and not the wider Solum Regeneration project.