We have had many discussions over the last couple of years with GTR about improvements to Hackbridge Train Station and in particular pedestrian access through the car park.
After a site meeting with various representatives we have received a couple of options for improvements that will be paid out of designated Section 106 money from Barratt Homes.
We were expecting the outcome of a promised feasibility study to highlight any health and safety issues, but instead we have been provided with a couple of designs that are within budget.
We welcome the thoughts from our community!
- A new walkway with zebra crossings prioritising pedestrian movements
- Installation of fencing along station approach – this would improve safety of the car park and prevent the car park being used for other activities than just parking
- Installation of gantries to entrance/exit – again to improve safety of the car park and prevent the car park being used for other activities than just parking
- Replacement of yellow rusty fencing with bollards
- Installation of bollards around the car park payment machine
- Installation of a Customer Information Screen (CIS) by the car park entrance shown in Option 2 pictures (but should be on Option 1 pictures as well)
- More line markings for the 5mph speed limit
This is the same as above with the additional two points below and the option that GTR would like to go ahead with.
- Entrance re-located next to the exit – again we think this would improve the safety of the car park
- New pedestrian entrance & bin storage area at the top of station approach which is good for cyclists and will mean Biffa can still pick up the bins – they still need to double check with Biffa that this would work for them.
Whenever improvements are mentioned, we know the first thing people ask for is the gap to be reduced on platform 2. We were told some time ago now that there was a wider project that would look at the gauging of the lines and by adjusting them would help reduce this, although won’t solve it completely. We have no update on this project, but know our MP has recently launched a petition to try and help.