The transformation of Twickenham station has taken a "major" step forward.

A concrete podium more than half the size of Twickenham’s rugby pitch has now been lifted into position over the platforms as part of the development that will see 115 new homes as well lifts to the platforms.

Leigh Thomas, director at Kier Property and a Solum board member, which is heading the project, said: "The installation of the podium marks the completion of a significant milestone in the transformation of Twickenham station.

"We are delighted with the collective efficiency and skill of the whole project team in completing this enormous engineering challenge.

"With the podium complete, work has now started on the new station building that will sit on top of it.

“Solum would like to thank residents and commuters for their patience and understanding, as we work to deliver a new, modern and larger station for Twickenham.”

David Biggs, managing director at Network Rail Property said this latest move was a "major milestone" towards bringing the development to life.

“Network Rail is committed to releasing land for new housing and transport improvements across the country and we are pleased with the progress that is being made in Twickenham," he said.

“Solum was established to attract private investment into the railway, providing funding for improvements to stations and their surrounding environments at no cost to the taxpayer and at Twickenham we are doing just that.”

“When completed, the scheme will deliver significant benefits to station users and the local community, including a brand new station as well as new housing, jobs and new businesses.”

The first lot of homes are due to be completed sometime in 2019.