Deptford Train Station redevelopment begins

As the Deptford Dame has already reported, years of reading the tea leaves about whether Deptford Station would ever get built have paid off - not only will it get built, work is underway right now. The work is important, not only for the passengers who use its narrow unforgiving entrance, but also for the centre of town, for which the new station is a key element in its development.

The Council says:


The development, which is being funded jointly by Lewisham Council and through the National Station Improvement Programme includes:

  • Constructing a new station building, including a modern ticket office, a ticket window for people with disabilities and improved passenger information.
  • Installing two new staircases as well as two new lifts to create step-free access between the station entrance and platforms.
  • Removing the existing canopies along both platforms and replacing them with longer canopies to provide passengers with better protection from the weather

The new station is expected to be open in November this year while the full work programme, which is being carried out by VolkerFitzpatrick on behalf of Lewisham Council, is expected to be fully completed by summer 2012. The station and key facilities will remain open to passengers throughout the construction.

The majority of construction work will take place from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. Some night work will be necessary but any residents likely to be affected will be kept informed. In order to help answer residents’ enquiries, VolkerFitzpatrick has organised an Open Day on Friday 8 April from 10am-4pm. The Open Day will take place at Unit 4, Titan Business Estate, Finch Street, SE8 and will also provide an opportunity to view drawings, plans and a model of the new station.

Alan Smith, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Lewisham Council, said: “The new railway station is a key element in our plans for Deptford’s regeneration. The idea is not only to update and upgrade the station for the benefit of local residents and businesses but also to create an excellent first impression for people visiting this increasingly attractive part of the borough.

“We plan to install lifts, glass facades, improve lighting and extend canopies to provide better protection from the weather. The station will lead onto a new public space created on the site of the currently-derelict station yard off Deptford High Street. This will allow access to the Victorian railway arches which will be converted to provide studio space for local artists.”

Jim Munro, Contracts Manager at VolkerFitzpatrick, said: “The new, modern entrance will significantly improve accessibility for local residents and visitors, whilst the sensitive restoration of the arches and carriage ramp, which date back to the 1830s, will also ensure the station retains some of its rich history.

“Some night time works will be required when we need to work on the railway line itself; this must be done at a time to minimise train disruption. Local residents will be informed of any out of hours works well in advance.”

27 comments:

Tamsin said...

Ow! Please - this side of the Atlantic it's either a station or - if you really need to distinguish it - a railyway station.

Brockley Nick said...

It's a station for trains. A train station.

Marlowe said...

Brixton had a station make over and it has changed the feel of the place dramatically it has attracted higher profile shops, Subway, Sainsbury's etc. The place is a lot less funky, I reckon Deptford has this to look forward to.

Mb said...

This is an equation without a solution. A smarter, brighter, safer station may help the high street to become brighter and smarter. That MAY mean more established chains move in? What's the alternative? Deliberately allowing an area to stagnate seems perverse in the extreme. The same argument has been made against improving transport links that push up house prices, it also allows residents to feel part of London as opposed to being a dumping ground for the disenfranchised.

*that was a party political statement from the guardian reading elite, it's ok. I went to a comprehensive AND a polytechnic*

Brockley Nick said...

Deptford already has a Tesco and lots of chains of bookies.

the freaks are in tonight said...

It's a good job Marlowe made a judgemental statement isn't it, otherwise it could have warranted a defensive response...

Anonymous said...

On a different topic. I almost got ran over by a Bus speeding down Brockley road, and an old lady with me. The elimination of the bump and of the traffic lights (although temporary) has made crossing to go to work very dangerous. I am not sure who is the genius who decided no temporary traffic light is necessary. Or perhaps they are testing if the traffic light is needed at all.

Sue said...

Deptford just needed a decently kept station, which it has never been. See my pictures of what it looked like in 2003. Extraordinary ideas about regeneration were happening at the same time that went bonkers with Richard Rogers' design, coupled with what might happen at Convoy's Wharf etc, including what was being approved for the local area eg THE JOB CENTRE

We just wanted a clean station...

Anonymous said...

One bonus is Conways are not doing it.

Sue said...

No, but Conways do some great road signs

Anonymous said...

Brockley and Deptford Central?

Why not just direct readers to the Deptford Blogs? They are excellent. I know pointing that mouse can be hard for some readers. But if they are interested they will make the effort.

I don't notice Deptford bloggers saying too much about Brockley BTW.

Brockley Nick said...

The first line directs people to the Deptford Dame. This site has always covered stories from around the wider area, because they are interesting and relevant. Brace yourself for a story about Elephant & Castle soon.

Welcome to 2011 said...

There's always some clown ready to tell Brockley Nick what he shouldn't be writing about.

Anon I like getting these sorts of articles from a one stop shop blog. Why don't you suggest a story he should be writing about, rather than moaning about ones you don't like.

ty said...

I just hope the lifts don't take as long as those at Lewisham Railway Station. That must have been the lopngest contract in history.

I do like the idea of Railyway Station too ;-)

Why could I ask is the open day on Friday and not Saturday when more people could get along?

Anonymous said...

Pity there work isn't as good as there signs.

Tamsin said...

Pity the written English isn't as good as the complaint.

@Nick - I know - bus station, coach station etc. - but the language (bless is!) was never that logical and train station is distinctly US English rather than British English.

Brockley Nick said...

@Tamsin - so yours is a personal preference and not one I share.

Monkeyboy said...

I understand that the UN are sending in the International Grammer Police to protect civilians from unintended punctuational errors or overuse of exclamation marks from the warring factions.

max said...

Could be given world heritage status.

Tamsin said...

@ Nick - the first part of my comment wasn't directed at you but at the previous Anonymous posting. Yes, a personal preference for non-American English, which, if the phrase is googled along with "Americanism", is obviously shared by quite a few others - including someone posting on a relatively local Dulwich forum.

To go back on topic - I also have a personal preference for recycling and reusing older buildings if possible rather than razing to the ground and re-building. Although I do appreciate that sometimes this is not an option.

patrick1971 said...

I moved to Deptford in 2001 and this was on the cards then; can't believe it's taken so long to get going. The train station is very cut off from the street and quite a threatening place at night (not that I ever had any problems using it, I should add).

The staffing is really the issue here; when I lived there the station was only staffed in the morning peaks, which meant that by evening it was a rubbish tip. It wasn't locked at night, either, so was used by rough sleepers. Not the most comforting environment if you were catching an early train. If the staffing and care of the station isn't improved, I think the renovation will probably just be trashed.

Anonymous said...

August 2003

The big surprise was the announcement of £2.5 million for the refurbishment of Deptford station and associated listed railway arches to provide 40 business spaces and release land for 250 new homes.

January 2006

http://www.cathedralplc.co.uk/projects_ctdp.swf

Lou Baker said...

It's a railway station. Not a train station.

But what a waste of money. Spending all this cash doing up Lewisham and Deptford stations when passengers still get inflicted with the shite service provided by South Eastern.

Get the trains sorted out first, then worry about glass station roofs.

Bored and tired said...

I'm afraid to say I agree with Lou there. It's like all this school rebuilding. As if a new building automatically
makes a good school! Spend the money on inspirational head teachers, that's what (who) turns a school around.

Anonymous said...

Eh?

Anonymous said...

The Mayor Apr 6

Six years ago I lamented the difficulty we were experiencing getting Downham Leisure centre started – as we all now know that turned into a huge success.

Very recently we finally began work on a project which has been almost as difficult – Deptford Station – but one which will have, I suspect, an even greater impact on its surrounding area when finished.

Anonymous said...

one significant improvement to the station would have been access from east side of platforms - for those of us living on that side, having to walk all the way to deptford high street to access the platforms that effectively nearly to deptford church street, this is very inconvenient. was this even taken into accunt? it is not the convenience of passengers being considered...

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