A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Following all the issues after the introduction of the May 2018 railway timetable GTR railway company has been made to set up a fund to improve stations affected: https://www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/the-fund/
This means that Bowes Park will get £80,000 to improve the station for passengers!
GTR have published a list of potential ideas: https://www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/l..., including:
• Fit solar panels to the station
• Adding a 'living plant wall'/bee garden or other environmental options
• Improvements to the station toilets.
• Additional customer seating
• Additional waiting shelters
• Canopies over ticket vending machines
• Additional ticket vending machines
• Additional cycle parking facilities
• Increasing cycle security measures at stations
• Additional customer information screens
Works on stations are more expensive than you would expect, so helpfully they have given some approximate costs for a range of items:
Apparently there is a 3 month window for local groups to suggest ideas.
More immediately, they have some outreach events, the closest one to us is at St Pancras on Monday 10 June. https://www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/getting-involved/
What to people think? What would the £80,000 best be spent on?
Nice that funding is being made available although I understand that you don't get much for £80k on the railway. I'd like to see an additional couple of Oyster card readers to cope with the commuter crush, however I think Oyster is a TfL system so perhaps GTR can't deliver that. A lift or step free access would undoubtedly be too expensive but a shelter or two, additional benches and planters on the platforms might be a good option. I hope Leafy Bean Cafe is doing well - do they need any (cost effective) improvements to their premises to support this local business?
This is great to get additional funding and agree with some of the suggestions made already (departure boards over the bridge and more card readers to ease the queues) but really do think pushing for a ramp would be very helpful. You will be surprised with the number of people who don't help with buggies or worse travelling during the quieter hours trying to get up and down those stairs with no one there to ask for any help.
With the Great Northern line crossing with the Thameslink it would make travelling with heavy suitcases etc. much easier too. I think the station would be used more with a ramp for better access if it had one. There isn't a cost mentioned in the doc with regards to a ramp so it wouldn't hurt to find out.
I used to work at the Office of the Rail Regulator, but sadly not on the financial regime within which Network Rail had to operate. I know the railway is a difficult and expensive environment for some sorts of works, mainly on the tracks, but sometimes including stations. But how can it cost £20-50k to refurbish toilets? Or £1k per seat for platform seating? These jobs could easily be done without closing the station, working at night or having to meet any railway-specific requirements. No commercial business would pay that much for these sorts of improvement.
I would definitely be in favour of a (unisex) toilet, especially for the occasions when a train is cancelled!
also a destination board on the bridge.
Easier station access for the infirm and disabled. No point of having the new trains with disabled access if one can’t get in or out of the station,