Network Rail Announcement

Network Rail have finally published an announcement of the platform extension works today (only three weeks AFTER the works began). You can find the announcement on the Network Rail Website.

Streatham Common platform extension works
Autumn 2012 – spring 2013
Major civil and rail engineering works will be taking place at Streatham Common station from autumn 2012 until late spring 2013.

We’re extending the platforms at many stations in the south east as part of a major investment programme to enable Southern and other train operating companies to run longer passenger trains on key routes into and out of central London.

At Streatham Common we will be extending platforms 1 and 2 which are normally used by services that stop at all local stations.

They will be extended by approximately 45 metres towards Norbury, taking the existing platforms underneath and beyond Greyhound Lane road bridge. Unfortunately the platforms cannot be extended northwards because this would require land purchase and extensive work to the track layout which would be extremely disruptive to rail users.

To carry out these works contractors will need to temporarily close Greyhound Lane where it crosses over the railway. They will then remove part of the bridge, and demolish part of the supporting structure to make enough space for the new platforms. A new section of bridge deck will then be built above the railway and Greyhound Lane will reopen to road and pedestrian traffic.

Special arrangements have been made to:

  • Retain a temporary footbridge crossing to link both sides of Greyhound Lane
  • Introduce a traffic diversion for vehicles around the bridge closure
  • Set up traffic diversions for local traffic
  • Our representatives attended a public meeting at Granton Road Primary School in Streatham Common on Thursday 4 October 2012 to address the local community’s concerns about the project.

We will make all practicable efforts to minimise the disruption caused by the work to Greyhound Lane bridge and we will provide regular updates to residents and business through newsletters, letters, posters and local meetings over the coming weeks.

Last updated 9 October 2012

Sadly it doesn’t contain much detail, and you have to enjoy the fact that they’ve announced the public meeting a week after it happened, but they do address the reasons why the track isn’t being extended in the opposite direction – obviously it’s because it would be disruptive to Southern Railway, and there is no comment on how destructive it will be to the local economy or local residents.

They will be extended by approximately 45 metres towards Norbury, taking the existing platforms underneath and beyond Greyhound Lane road bridge. Unfortunately the platforms cannot be extended northwards because this would require land purchase and extensive work to the track layout which would be extremely disruptive to rail users.

Update:

As of the 28th of September no additional efforts have been made to communicate with residents, despite promises to the contrary.

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