There had been calls for over 15 years by residents for a station to be opened at this site, to be funded by Transport for London and the local council. In 2005 the estimated cost was £3 million, of which £1.7 million had already been provided by St George, the developer of the Imperial Wharf site, leaving a funding shortfall of £1.3 million. In October 2007, Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced that St George had agreed to provide another £1.2 million, roughly enough to complete the project. It is also reported that the planning permission for the whole of the Imperial Wharf development was only given on the basis that a station was built. The station secured full funding on 28 April 2008. The station opened on Sunday 27 September 2009, in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Sands End was a close knit working class community and was once the industrial heart of Fulham with its gas works, power station and petrol depot providing work for generations of local families. A property boom beginning in the 1970s coupled with the advent of oil fueled processing of North Sea oil has led to an inexorable process of Gentrification with offices and studio businesses and flats on the market for more than £2.4 million. On the bank of the Thames is Hurlingham Retail Park, which includes Currys and PC World. There is also a business enterprise centre in the Sulivan district. Across the other side of Townmead Road there is a large Sainsbury's, and Imperial Wharf, a brownfield development of the former Imperial Gasworks which is growing to include a mixture of affordable housing, both private and public, shops, a park and a new railway station. The station is also adjacent to Chelsea Harbour, and was known by this name during early stages of development; indeed its TIPLOC code is "CseaH" in computerised timetable systems. Chelsea Harbour offers commuter ferry services, a sub-brand of the TfL, which have discounts for TravelCard and Oyster Card holders. The catamaran-hulled vessels have on-board coffee bars, airline-style seating, are wheelchair-accessible and have bicycle racks. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2 and has wi-fi, a waiting room, boarding ramps and lifts but no toilets.
Connections: National Rail. London River Services (Chelsea Harbour). London Bus routes 391, 424 and C3 serve the station.