I am so pleased to see the new improvements to Sanderstead Station, half of which is in Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown ward as the boundary follows the railtracks through the station.
Most of us will have stood on the platform at Sanderstead Station waiting for a delayed train, getting cold and wet. The shelters on the platform were exposed so whilst the seating took the weight off your feet, you weren't necessarily kept warm and dry.
The open style brick shelters have had frontages installed to provide warmer and more protected areas for passengers to wait. The shelters were quite dark due to the colour of the brick so the insides have been painted to brighten them up. Additionally, the lighting has been adjusted so that it comes on whenever anyone enters the waiting areas. The benches have also been moved together to allow for a wheelchair space.
Hopefully we'll all be able to travel more soon and more of us will feel the benefit of these improvements.
These improvements are part of Southern Rail's Passenger Benefit Fund. The fund is supporting a range of work across the network including waiting shelters, refurbished toilets, more seats, information screens, automatic doors, more cycle parking, refurbished waiting rooms, station planters and LED lighting. More information can be found at the website below: