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WSP appointed by VolkerFitzpatrick to design new Brent Cross West Thameslink station

WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, has been appointed by VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver design on Brent Cross West, a new Thameslink station located on the Midland main line that will form part of the broader Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme

The £40 million station in North-West London will be a gateway to a vibrant new town centre, and forms part of the wider Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme being delivered by a joint venture between Barnet Council and Argent Related, which will deliver up to 7,500 homes and 25,000 new jobs.

WSP’s Rail Stations team will work with architects Chapman Taylor to create an iconic, inclusive new station for the Brent Cross and Cricklewood areas, to achieve opening in spring 2022. It will accommodate up to eight peak stopping services and provide enhanced permeability across Barnet by providing a new, dedicated pedestrian overbridge, using roof technology to create a light and comfortable journey experience for users.

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Dan Bishop, group director of stations at WSP, said: “We are proud to be part of this exciting opportunity to deliver a fantastic new gateway for Barnet. We look forward to working with VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver a new, fully integrated station that puts passengers first and provides improved connectivity with central London.”

Dan recently joined WSP as group director of the stations team which has around 150 staff across the UK. A key part of his role will include ensuring efficient integration of the wide range of engineering and design disciplines involved in every WSP stations project.

This latest project will build upon WSP’s delivery of other Thameslink stations including London Bridge, St Pancras International and Waterbeach, as well as Crossrail stations that will interchange with the Thameslink including Farringdon and Abbey Wood.

Increased train travel and the electrification of rail networks across the UK will support the government’s ambition to decarbonise transport across the UK as part of the 2050 net zero target, a commitment which WSP helping to deliver.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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