Station managers on the Southern Railway in South London have been welcoming passengers to the newly spruced-up railway stations.
The improvement works which have been completed at North Dulwich and Streatham are some of the first on the train operators network. They are undertaking a multi-million-pound project to make every station better for passengers.
In North Dulwich, which opened in 1868, the ticket hall (pictured above) has been restored in heritage colours. The 1920s period decoration includes repainting of the Victorian fire surround.
Station manager, Nathaniel said: “I’m delighted that so much care has been taken to look after this popular historic building for the local community, while making it look and work better for our passengers. People travelling towards central London will also benefit from a new platform shelter being installed very soon.”
Three stations serve Streatham, Streatham Common, Streatham Hill and Streatham itself. Many of the enhancements here have been suggested by the local people including the Streatham Transport Action Transport Group (SATG). New benches and refurbishment of toilets is taking place at all three stations.
At Streatham and Streatham Common, station manager Steve Fleming showed Neil Salt, Chair of SATG, the transformation taking place.
Steve said: “We’ve brightened up the station by painting the dark platform walls along the tunnelled area, refurbishing the waiting room and WC, and the ramp up to the waiting room entrance. We’re also improving the platform lighting, and letting more light onto the footbridge by replacing the boarding on the windows with frosted laminate.”
Neil said: “It is great to see this investment in improvements that will be to the benefit of all regular users of the stations, and that they are immediately apparent. In particular, the brightening-up from the repaint, alongside the LED lighting soon to be installed under the bridge at Streatham station, will no doubt help to raise morale amongst all passengers as life gradually returns to something like normality over the months ahead. On behalf of Streatham’s rail passengers, thank you Southern Railway.”
Angie Doll, Managing Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said; “While we’re keeping trains and stations clean and safe for travel, we’re also making every Southern station look and work better for our passengers and their local communities. Hundreds of improvements now under way are the results of local people telling us their priorities and getting actively involved, and I thank everyone for helping us to be a good neighbour.”
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