Bromley South station finally gets revamp
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 December 2011
Work has started to upgrade Bromley South station and make it fully accessible after years of campaigning by disability groups and MPs.
Despite being the country’s 49th busiest station, Bromley South has never had step-free access.
Now a multi-million-pound investment, funded by the government’s Access for All scheme and national station improvement programme, means there will be two lifts from the ticket office to all platforms.
The station entrance and ticket hall will also undergo a revamp to provide better facilities and reduce congestion.
Staircases will be improved with anti-slip tread and new handrails; there will be a more spacious ticket hall; passenger toilets will be refurbished and the waiting rooms will be decorated.
Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, who ran a campaign calling for step-free access, said: “It has been a hard-fought battle to secure funding for these vital improvements at Bromley South and I am very excited about the work Network Rail has planned for the station.
“Passengers will soon have step-free lift access to all platforms and benefit from modernised station facilities.
“It is a fantastic result for local train users who campaigned for, and so desperately require, these enhancements.”
Bromley disability organisation Access All Areas also lobbied for better facilities at the station.
Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, added: “The railway from Bromley South provides excellent links for passengers and businesses into the heart of the capital.
“These improvements are great news for passengers and will make a noticeable improvement to their daily journeys.
“Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during construction and we thank passengers in advance for their patience.”
Southeastern service delivery director Vince Lucas said: “Bromley South is one of the busiest stations in south-east London and this work will help provide it with the modern facilities it needs to continue to grow.
“More people travel by train than at any time since the 1920s and investment such as this will only help make for a more pleasant environment for passengers using the station.”
The work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2012.