We are delighted that England will be hosting the Rugby World Cup(RWC) in 2015. The RWC is the third largest sporting event in the world and we expect that over the duration of the competition, over 600,000 fans from around the world will come and visit Twickenham Stadium. The vast majority of the fans who will travel to Twickenham for this event will arrive by train and will use Twickenham station. Whilst London has invested heavily in infrastructure for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 with state of the art transport links and improved stations in and around the Olympic Park, Twickenham station has yet to see any such improvements. The station struggles to cope with demands on match days at Twickenham and is unsuited for managing large numbers of users at these times. We believe: (i) That the RWC in 2015, as the third largest sporting event in the world, deserves to have the best facilities that London and England has to offer; (ii) That Twickenham station struggles to cope with match-day crowds, despite the best efforts of the station staff; (iii) That Twickenham station needs dramatic improvements to ensure that fans from around the world can easily and quickly get to and from Twickenham We therefore call on Network Rail, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Transport, Richmond upon Thames Council, the Mayor of London and South West Trains to work with the RFU to help deliver significant improvements to Twickenham station in time for the RWC so that London and Twickenham can be proud of the experience that fans from around the world will have when they come to celebrate rugby union at Twickenham during the RWC.
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