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£6m revamp for Denmark Hill station

Denmark Hill station in London has benefitted from £6m worth of improvements. The station was reopened today by transport minister Norman Baker.

Funding for the works came from the Government’s Access for All scheme, as well as Network Rail’s National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) and Southeastern.

The station now has step-free access, a new ticket office, station entrance and retail facilities, as well as accessible toilets and improved passenger waiting areas. A new ticket gate aims to reduce fare dodging.

Baker said: “The Coalition Government’s Access for All scheme is making a real difference to passengers and I know these improvements will be welcomed by the thousands using Denmark Hill station every day, including those travelling to Kings College and Maudsley hospitals.

“By opening up access and providing step-free routes we provide all passengers, including those with disabilities and parents with young children, greater access to employment and social opportunities. And of course everyone feels the benefit of taking a train from stations with improved facilities and layout.”

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “This is a much improved station which will provide passengers with a much better experience as they use the railway. There is better access, better information and better facilities, all of which have made a huge difference to the quality of the station.

“We have worked closely with the Department for Transport and Southeastern to deliver these improvements which will help to meet the demands of the millions of passengers which use the station every year.”

Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern, said: “This major upgrade is part of an ongoing commitment to invest in and improve rail services and facilities for our passengers. The new station is much more accessible, offers terrific new facilities and we’re pleased to officially open the new station to our customers.”

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Ricp   12/09/2013 at 23:27

Yes all very well but it means a slower route from the platforms to the excellent Phoenix Pub, which now occupies the main part of the former station booking hall! And I've had a pint with the redoubtable Val Shawcross (pictured) there too. There is a problem with platform shelters, or more pertinently, a lack of them, on many of the station now served by London Overground trains, even though this station is operated by South Eastern. Surprisingly, Overground, SouthEastern and Thameslink trains stop there! But in another 12 months, LO will be the largest operator in passenger terms.

Nonsuchmike   13/09/2013 at 19:04

Ric, you have to realise that especially in South London we do not need coverings to our platforms as it never rains, hails, snows or shines hotly. Obviously, you haven't heard of the motto: "You never get ill in Denmark Hill", because if you had, you wouldn't question the wisdom of our alleged betters in parliament.

Ricp   16/09/2013 at 00:01

Strange that you have got the excellent Kings College hospital just along the road ..... ? Obviously no-one from Denmark Hill ever ails, not even alcohol poisoning from imbibing too much fine ale at the Phoenix, but if is all to much and you freak out as we have been waiting for so long for Thameslink perhaps we need to be referred to the Maudsley Hospital next door. But seriously the difficulty a friend had getting to her temp job from Walthamstow shows the importance of this station. And the need for MORE SHELTERS!

Regular Hospital Visitor   18/01/2017 at 14:00

why are there no public toilets ? people travel from far and wide to reach the hospital, many with mobility problems(due to illness etc not registered disabled) to reach the hospital and toilets quickly. Surely in the revamp some could have been provided.

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