Brockley Station gate to be replaced with barriers


Lep Recorn has sent us this letter he received from London Overground, confirming that the annoying gate on Platform 2 of Brockley Station, with which thousands of travellers play a guessing game every night, will be replaced by ticket barriers.


London Overground says that subject to planning approval from Lewisham Council, the new barriers should be operational by November 2011. Replacing the gate will mean that you won't have to wait until someone in the ticket office responds to the buzzer before deciding to let you through. The barriers should ensure that people in wheelchairs, or with walking difficulties, pushchairs or heavy luggage can get through easily, without service providers losing revenue through fare evasion.

London Overground also confirms a change of policy, which means that until the barriers are introduced, staff will be instructed to open the gate upon request and not just if they think they see someone who looks a bit like they might have a struggle getting up the stairs.

13 comments:

EuroNerd said...

Bravi, bravi!

Common sense prevails.

foxicus said...

Finally! Excellent news.

good news said...

Good news, now I just wish they'd do something with the west side's station access....

Howson Road said...

Brilliant result - glad they listened to all the complaints.

Ed CPZ said...

Watching the station staff ask someone to prove that they were disabled after they refused to open the barrier is something I'll not forget in a hurry.

quick brown fox said...

Hurrah! Very good news.

Anonymous said...

There should be better disabled access for the other platform too.

localyokel said...

Lots of joy in my household at this news, even though it took a long time and more work needs to be done to make it accessible to wheelchair users, prams, elderly, dis+abled.

Anonymous said...

'There should be' - what kind of utopian deamworld are you living in? Many things 'should' be but we'd all be better off if we accepted that most of them will never be and we should prioritise and compromise accordingly. Rant over.

Hardlianotion said...

Hello Anonymous,

I reckon you really meant what said in your post, but my wife reckons its clever banter. Can you help us get over this rare disruption to family unity?

Charlie said...

Thanks for that post anon. I have now come to realise that the current state of the world is as good as it will ever be. Please berate me heavily if I ever dare to suggest that anything anywhere could ever be better.

mb said...

"we should prioritise and compromise accordingly"

TfL have, the station is not fully accesable. The southbound platform is partially accesable thanks to a relativly inexpensive gate. The entire network is a compromise. Finite resources, almost infinite need - it aint new.

Why the rant?

pip said...

@ranting anon - you wouldn't be saying that if you were elderly or disabled.

Someone expressing interests/priorities that are different from yours isn't a reason to slap them down.

Or maybe you are just trolling?

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