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SouthEastern trains enthuse about the wonderful steps

Following on from yesterday’s nonsense, there’s another PR inflected piece of tosh here:

Network Rail Blackheath Station becomes accessible for everyone

But with an added helpful soundbite from those experts in timeliness, SouthEastern trains. Vince Lucas, service delivery director, enthuses:

“For our passengers at Blackheath the completion of this project is a real improvement that they can see for themselves. The station is vital to the local community and encouraging more and more people to use trains has to be a good thing. As with other stations which have benefited from similar schemes, we are sure that more passengers will now start to use the train to get around.”

Yes it’s great Vince. I’m sure I will continue to choose SouthEastern over and above the wide range of other train operating companies available to me from Blackheath station, skipping down the beautifully rendered steps as I do so.

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Anyone care to balance this up a little?

From the “just has to be read to be believed” department:

Blackheath station becomes more accessible

To keep disruption to a minimum and get best value for money, work to renovate the platforms took place at the same time.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “It is important that everyone is able to access the railways as rail travel continues to grow in popularity – that is why we have contributed £1.1m from our Access for All initiative to upgrading Blackheath station.

“In total we are committed to spending £370m on upgrading stations across Britain for people with reduced mobility.”

Dave Ward, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “Thousands of people living and working in Blackheath rely on the railway every day.

“This new step-free route around the station is great news for passengers and will make it much easier for everyone to use the train, especially those with reduced mobility or with small children.

“It’s a significant investment in our stations so they better meet the ever changing needs of passengers.”

This article surely is a joke. Where are the delays, the wrong steps, the misery of the commuters? Please head to their comments page and make them realise what a crock their article is. Government subsidy to pay for increased accessibility whilst the SouthEastern is allowed to cream off £61.5m profits every year.

UPDATE:
They’ve now added a statement from Network Rail to the bottom of the page:

A Network Rail spokesperson said:

“We issued a letter in April advising local people that we had experienced some problems with the project owing to a combination of extreme winter weather conditions in December and January, some unforeseen difficulties with the installation of the new power supply for the lift and some issues with the fabrication of the new staircase.

“This meant we would not be able to complete the work to the original timescale.

“We apologise for any additional disruption this caused for passengers.”

Translation: We ordered the wrong size steps, we subcontract to subcontractors who have to come in on the train from Southampton (good luck with that), and our subcontractors can’t agree between themselves who is responsible for removing the wobbly bridge. Suck it up and enjoy those price rises…

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Open Sesame

New lift at Blackheath Station
Temporary Railyway Bridge at Blackheath Station
The Millennium steps have finally been declared fit for human footsteps. People are still using the wobbly Millennium Bridge though. It’s now become a badge of honour, I guess.

The old Puccino’s guys have gone, and so has Classic FM sadly, replaced with something that sounds more like Kiss. No chairs & tables either? The two guys seem friendly though.

The Stannah stairlift (really) is surviving so far, and speaks! Which is nice. The series of comments on the previous post nearly made me spit my coffee out in laughter.

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Lift being installed at Blackheath station

Blackheath Station Conversion
Blackheath Society reports that Network Rail will (finally – see this post in May 2008!) begin work on installing a lift inside Blackheath Station. There will be a temporary footbridge, the ramp to platform 2 will be modified, and other essential work. Lets hope they move the oyster-readers away from the exit at platform 2, avoiding the bottle-neck for season ticket holders at rush hour – really bad design decision!

They say the farmer’s market will continue as normal, but in a slightly different position in the car park.

There’s more on it here.

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