£4million tunnel and lifts could be installed at Shortlands station
PUBLISHED: 10:14 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 20 September 2017
A planning application is expected to be installed in the autumn
Multi-million pound works to improve access at Shortlands station could get underway in the new year.
Network Rail is hoping to build lifts at the end of the station’s platforms, which would go down to a tunnel for passengers to cross from one side to the other.
Engineers are finalising a planning application for the improvements, which are part of the government-funded Access for All scheme.
Network Rail’s route managing director for the South East, John Halsall, said: “These improvements will make travelling by train much easier for people with reduced mobility, people with buggies, bags and bikes, and they will make a real difference to how people get around.
“Train travel should be for everyone, and while there are historic reasons as to why not all our stations are accessible, we remain focussed on making improvements to as many as we can.
“We’ll now be working closely with local authorities, passengers and neighbours to take these designs and make them a reality.”
The £4million project is hoped to be approved by Bromley council in 2018, with work getting underway straight after.
Bob Stewart, MP for Beckenham, said: “My local station is Shortlands and I am delighted that accessibility for parents with pushchairs and the elderly, who I know currently have big problems, will be much improved.”
Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst said: “Installing step-free access wherever it is possible at stations should be a key aim across the rail network. People in our area rely heavily on train services to get from A to B, and those with mobility issues, buggies or other requirements shouldn’t be at a disadvantage.
“After successfully campaigning for the installation of the lift at Bromley South in 2012, I have continued to press for action at other stations in the area. I am delighted to see that plans are now underway to make this a not too distant reality for passengers travelling from Shortlands. It certainly has my full backing.”
Work will take place once permission has been received and designs are complete, with the scheme intended to be completed over the next two years.