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?
All great ideas - especially the departure board on the bridge and extending the cafe to make the station busier and safer.
I think the best improvement to all residents would be a lift. There is no reason why it would be particularly difficult to add a lift opposite the staircase straight from the walk over down to the platform. There is space, easy access and the platform is wide enough. Even if £80,000 would currently not cover it - it would be interesting to pitch for a real cost estimate. Once we have their cost estimate, extra fundraising could be started if necessary.
Being able to access the platform and use the public transport should be a given in 2019 in a major metropolis. £80 K could be a substantial step towards making this station more user friendly and finally accessible for all.
I also suggested access for the disabled and infirm. The new trains have disabled access but that is not much use if one cannot get onto the platform. I forgot to mention that there should be help for mothers with buggies. It is such a struggle for them also. As you say, £80,000 would be a big help towards a lift as long as it was not vandalised.
Some good news, after an understandable delay because of Covid, Great Northern have started to announce what the money will be spent on:
For Bowes Park, it looks like this will be:
That's good news, I'd assumed this had passed Bowes by, thanks for posting.
Thanks for the update Daniel!
I think we should continue the conversation (and perhaps start a campaign) about accessibility, because it's currently non-existent. However, pretty much the entire line is inaccessible, so there is no point in just improving one station - you wouldn't be able to get out at the other end of your journey anyway. Does anyone know to whom we would be addressing these concerns?