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Heritage award for Crystal Palace work

The National Railway Heritage Association has awarded Balfour Beatty and TfL a heritage award for their work refurbishing Crystal Palace station in South London.

The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award recognises the work to preserve Victorian architectural features at the station, whilst creating step-free access with three lift shafts and a footbridge linking all six platforms.

Work also included new CCTV and mechanical and electrical services, including communications and lighting systems.

London Assembly Member Val Shawcross, who campaigned for the upgrade works, commented: “I’m thrilled to say that Crystal Palace station no longer has the dubious honour of being arguably the least accessible station on the London rail network. I hope that even more people will now be able to use this architecturally stunning station and enjoy all the great amenities that the Crystal Palace area has to offer.”

Mike Stubbs, director, London Overground said: “The new lifts have transformed accessibility and updated this historic Victorian station into a 21st century asset. It will benefit families with young children and disabled people as well as bring a much improved journey to thousands of south Londoners every day.”

Neil Patterson, Balfour Beatty regional managing director, London and South East, said: “Balfour Beatty is delighted to have participated in the Crystal Palace rail station project which will greatly enhance the user experience with improved accessibility. We are particularly pleased at the way we’ve been able to work with English Heritage and Network Rail to sensitively incorporate features of 21st travel into a station that originated in the Victorian era.”

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