Residents have won the fight against an unsightly fence at Teddington station.

Earlier this year iron railings were removed to make way for a wire mesh and barbed wire fence by Network Rail - without discussions with residents or Richmond Council.

Network Rail confirmed this week it has changed its plans for the site, to the delight of residents.

Sheena Harold, of the Teddington Society, said: “Local people have really had their views heard. It’s great to get such a good result.

“It was a very shortsighted decision by someone.

“The new fence will be in keeping with the area.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “During the recent meeting with members of the community we clarified why the old fencing needed replacing and explained the industry-recognised risk assessment which was used to identify the type of replacement fencing required for us to run a safe and reliable railway.

“As the original work on the fencing line was not fully completed and therefore left a mix of fencing styles in the area around the station, we have taken the decision to carry out further work to provide a consistent look to the boundary.

“We outlined our revised plans and are waiting for any further feedback from community representatives before proceeding.”

He explained the firm had offered to install 5ft blue fencing on the Station Road side of the station, remove the barbed wire and plant saplings in the area. The work will also include new fencing around an electricity sub-station.

Vince cable, MP for Twickenham, said: “Network Rail have made a mess of this project. I am pleased that after our meeting they agreed to remove the ugly fencing and return to more tasteful railings.

“I am hoping that after the intervention of senior managers, councillors, residents and myself, we can close the door on this unhappy episode.”

Councillor Martin Elengorn, who represents Teddington on Richmond Council, said: “It took the presence of a cabinet minister to persuade Network Rail to make concessions and they are still reluctant to concede the principle of consulting the council on works they carry out.”