Bob Neill MP views progress on Bromley

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has visited Bromley South station to see the progress on the on the multi-million pound investment project to improve access and facilities.

Once complete, passengers will be able to take advantage of step-free access from the station entrance to the platforms and a re-vamped station entrance and ticket hall. These improvements will make the railway easier to use for everyone, provide better facilities and reduce congestion at the busiest times of the day.

Bob Neill MP, who ran a campaign calling for step-free access, said: “The construction team has made incredible progress on the station’s upgrades and this visit has reassured me that the works are well on schedule for completion by the summer. The long wait for step free access is almost over and passengers will soon benefit from some excellent new station features which will make a noticeable difference to their journeys to and from Bromley’s busiest transport hub.”

Dave Hignett, commercial scheme sponsor, Network Rail, said: “Passengers will have noticed the station evolving around them and will be pleased to know all work is progressing as planned. In a few months time, people and businesses in Bromley will get a welcome boost from the much-improved station, easier journeys and a better overall travelling experience.

Funded through the governments, Access for All programme and national station improvement programme, the improvements include:

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- two new lifts from the ticket office to all platforms

- improvements to the existing staircases, including new handrails and anti-slip tread.

- more space in the ticket hall and a more contemporary station frontage

- refurbished passenger toilets

- enhanced passenger information and waiting facilities

Vince Lucas, service delivery director, Southeastern, added: “We are pleased to see the improvement works at the station are progressing nicely, there has been a great deal of coordination involved behind the scenes to keep disruption to a minimum. We look forward to being able to offer our passengers step-free access as well as new and improved facilities.”

The project is on schedule for completion in summer 2012.