Information sessions for Putney Station upgrade

Published: Thursday 24th January 13

Local people can find out more about Network Rail’s plans to upgrade Putney Rail Station at a drop-in session next week.

Where: The Function Room, Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road, SW15 2D

When: 4pm - 8pm, Tuesday 29 January

Representatives from the rail company will explain more about the 'Access for All' project which would see the existing entrance on Putney High Street remodelled to create more space and better passenger facilities.

Lifts would also be installed to provide disabled access to the platforms.

Work is expected to begin in February this year.

Wandsworth Council has commissioned a feasibility study looking at the potential for a new entrance to the station from Oxford Road. This could reduce the volume of people using the existing entrance and make it easier people to interchange with the Distinct Line at East Putney Station.

The report will be completed this spring.

The council has also begun works to improve the pavement and road layout at the southern end of Putney High Street which will complement Network Rail's station upgrade.

The scheme will make it safer and easier for pedestrians negotiating the high street, and for passengers to get on and off buses. 

Part of the taxi rank is also being moved from the centre of the high street to a safer location at the kerbside in Upper Richmond Road. It will operate overnight from 7pm to 7am. 

New trees have also been planted along the high street as part of the scheme.

Transport spokesman Cllr Russell King said: 

"Putney Station suffers from severe overcrowding and these improvements can't come soon enough for local commuters. Anyone wanting to know more can stop-off at this information session and quiz Network Rail on their plans.

"The council wants to see a second entrance created to ease the pressure on the main entrance and reduce the long walk to the station from East Putney. A study is now underway which we hope will form the basis of a strong business case. 

"In the meantime we have started to tackle some of the issues immediately outside the existing station entrance where overcrowding is a problem at peak times. Unnecessary street clutter and guardrails are being removed so that people are no longer hemmed in as they try and make their way through."

For further information about the council's plans to improve the range and quality of transport provision across the borough, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices.

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Recent comments

Dear All, The entrance in Oxford is a must have, it would increase compatibility with the Underground system. Making public transport more accessible for disabled users and the general public therefore benefiting the environment through reduced car use! Best regards Mark Hanley
Mark Hanley

4 March 2013

I support wholeheartedly a second entrance on Oxford Road. It's been a subject of discussions with my commuting friend for years now. It would 1. significantly reduce the overcrowding on the High Street 2. limit the number of commuters using the bus on Upper Richmond Road (337 or 37) just to go one or two stops. 3. It would cut out the annoying walk for all those who commute from Waterloo and leave on the east side of Putney. (ie you have to walk down all the way to the front of the train in Waterloo, only to walk all the way back once you get to Putney). The new entrance is particularly important as the numbers of flats (and commuters) around Putney East tube station are going to increase due to the new developments.
Agnieszka

28 January 2013

Extremely happy about the news of the lift and another entrance! Looking forward to the updates online about the estimated duration of works and how they will impact the access of the commuters. Do we need to look for alternate routes?
Diana

24 January 2013

Please don"t put the gates in front of a brick wall like at Wandsworth Town...
Natalie

24 January 2013

I'd certainly support a second entrance to the mainline station closer to East Putney tube - it's a shame there can't be just one station for both as there is at Wimbledon, but reducing the walk between them would make it much easier to interchange between the tube and the mainline trains in Putney. Also, will there be information online about the changes to the station and the work to the pavements, for those like me who are unlikely to be able to get to the drop-in session on the 29th?
Caroline

24 January 2013