Following the Grenfell horrific disaster Richmond council is seeking confirmation that the redevelopment of Twickenham station will have fire safety measures.

The council's cabinet member for the environment, business and community councillor Pamela Fleming has written to developers Solum to ensure that the new building will have high quality, comprehensive fire safety measures in place.

The company is constructing the new station around a new public plaza with shops and a seven storey high block of flats.

Cllr Fleming said: “The fire at Grenfell House was tragic, we all have a responsibility to ensure that it never happens again. It has been a reminder to everyone about the importance of fire safety.

"“The redevelopment of Twickenham Train Station has only just begun and, we are a long way off from the flats being built and people moving in - however, now is the time that Solum, along with any other private developer, should be reviewing their fire safety plans."

Cllr Fleming has requested confirmation of arrangements around emergency evacuation, inclusion of sprinkler systems, number and positions of both fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.

In addition, she has requested clarification that no cladding is planned on the outside of the buildings and all external finishes will have a high level of fire resistance.

She added: “All new developments have to be signed off by the Planning Department and building control officers."

"However, reassurance at this early stage is essential for those who live in the direct vicinity of the station and those considering purchasing a property.”