Information sessions for Putney Station upgrade

Published: 24 January 2013

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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