TfL have awarded Havering around £4m to transform areas around Havering’s Crossrail stations.

The funding will improve the spaces around the stations in Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood, which will include improvements to pavements, roads and other public areas near to the station entrances and car parks.

Gidea Park and Harold Wood are in line to receive £1.4m each and Romford should receive £1.3m to spend on the improvements. During the design process amounts may change.

A very successful bid from Havering Council meant that the funding awarded was almost 20 per cent more than what Crossrail had advised the Council to expect to achieve.

The Mayor of London has awarded more than £28m to outer London Boroughs to improve public spaces around the stations and make them more pleasant for passengers.

The improvements will be made by 2019, and will follow a range of other benefits that customers will experience when TfL takes over services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from 31 May next year, ahead of Crossrail arriving.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Roger Ramsey, said:

“We welcome this funding very much; working with Crossrail and TfL, we will be able to make the necessary improvements to these areas to make them more pleasant and easier to travel through to get to and from the stations. The work will complement the improvements planned inside the stations for Crossrail.

“Crossrail will offer better commuting and business connections to the city and boost growth in the borough.”

TfL-run Crossrail will carry more than 200 million passengers a year, boosting London’s rail-based capacity by 10 per cent, easing crowding and providing faster journey times. It will help London keep pace with a rapidly growing population and will support new jobs and economic growth.