What's happening at Brockley Station?

Reader Dawn contacted us this morning to ask what was happening to the plants outside Brockley Station's lower-level entrance, which are being dug-up as part of the work to remodel the station. This work includes installing ticket barriers to the southbound platform and extending the platforms so that they can take 10-carriage trains to and from London Bridge.

We asked Rupert from the BXAG what he knew about this plans and this is what he told us:

They are not removing all of the plants, just a small number where they need to create the widened access for the new ticket barriers. 


To be fair to London Overground they have liaised with us (BXAG) closely from the outset about the proposed works. The vast majority of the main planting will be untouched as agreed at previous meetings - though when I went to see them just now I emphasised the planting needs protecting! 


I would also point out that BXAG volunteers were down there a few weeks back taking out some of the affected plants and replanting them elsewhere. But some of the shrubs are difficult to take up and replant and we don't have the space elsewhere to replant them anyway. Even so only a very small number were lost. 


As for community benefits arising from the works, we have negotiated £500 towards new (replacement) planting, the grass area will be taken up and topsoiled ready for new planting, a new litter bin by the seat and a new community managed notice board. 


We are also in discussions with LOL about getting them to part fund the steps at the north end of Brockley Common and have them built by the contractor currently on site. We already have £7K from the Brockley Assembly but need another £5-6K to get the works done. I am hopeful. 


The one big negative is I have just learned that the bike shelter is going. I had understood it would be retained. 


BXAG will put pressure on LOL for an immediate replacement. They are well aware of the increased demand for bike parking at Brockley Station. 


I am sure there will be people who are unhappy with the new ticket barriers but it's not something anyone can challenge. We have tried to get the best out of this development for the benefit of the community while ensuring most of the planting is saved - a lot more was due to go before we intervened!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ticket gates are long overdue. I'm strangely excited about this.

Anonymous said...

what about west side.....

Brockley Nick said...

West side has to wait another two years... at least.

Brockley Nick said...

PS - click on the "Brockley Station" tag at the bottom of the article for previous articles about the west side.

drakefell debaser said...

Well, the Westside gets an exciting new skip yard..

Anonymous said...

I thought the developers of the new NISA were supposed to contribute funds to develop an improved entrance to west side. Still looks the same to me.

Anonymous said...

So we're losing the mudslide? That's the most entertainment there is to be had in Brockers.

Anonymous said...

This is a good move, and sounds as though BXAG has managed to strike some good compromises with the developers.
Priorities for the station now:
1) Step-free access to platform 1;
2) Westside ticket barriers & access;
3) Get those steps built;
4) Stop the endless effing announcements, they drive me batty! Does anyone not know that they're supposed to KEEP YOUR BAGS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES ffs?!

Anonymous said...

Priority for me (and hopefully most other westsiders) is for some functioning form of a drain to be introduced at the foot of the pavement by the entrance to the new skip yard AND just as you reach the station after crossing the bridge.

It would be really nice to not have to cross 2 huge pools of water within a minute of each other whenever it rains. And with the winter coming now they take longer to dry and are going to form a nice ice rink.

kolp said...

With the bike shed going, the railings are going to be covered with tethered bikes as they are increasingly are now.

Anonymous said...

Good work as usual BXAG. Bikes are an issue however.

Anonymous said...

If the pavements either side of Coulgate St were to be widened so it became more for pedestrians and less of a car park for local businesses, there would be plenty of room for a bike shed and other amenities.

Perchance to dream.

Mondee said...

Not the right thread I know but I noticed this morning that there is hoarding up around the knackered old greengrocers shop on the corner of Tyrwhitt and Lewisham way, and there were Chinese builders starting work. Something actually happening there at long last?!

LOL said...

I really wish BXAG would leave me alone...i'm skint!

Anonymous said...

They wouldn't be much of an action group if they left people alone.

kolp said...

"What's happening at Brockley Station?"

The Brockley Christmas Market that's what!

It's on this saturday 10th from 12.00pm.

Hugh said...

Looks like the Tyrwhitt grocers shop is finally being revamped.

NAT said...

Well done Hugh.

You're only the third to break the news.

TM wins (Saturday)

hand bags said...

Bugger, was there a competition?

NAT said...

Yes, and the scoop has been scooped.

Perhaps if someone were to mention how the hoarding leaves very little room on the footpath, then, that might count as a fresh angle.

Hugh said...

Thanks. I only come here to post. Others read.

Anonymous said...

That pavement widening has been awful for cyclists. But then that appears to be TfL's cack-handed "traffic calming" strategy all over London.

ChappersTeddy / Jack said...

We don't want steps.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 1340

TfL don't manage any of Brockley's Roads. They only deal with red routes

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