Thursday, November 08, 2007

Eastfields Station & construction

I enclose some information from this weeks Transport Briefing about the new Eastfields Station. The latest is that it will open in June(though it say New Year in the below article) and it's hoped that both Southern and Thameslink services will both serve the station. Below is some details about the station contruction and the the buildings connected with the station.

Network Rail to assemble first prefab station kit
Filed 06/11/07

Contractors are preparing to assemble the first of an off-the-shelf station design which is to be rolled out across the rail network in a bid to cut construction costs and speed up new station developments.

Civil engineering firm Dean Dyball is close to completing preliminary works for the new Eastfields station near Mitcham in the London borough of Merton. The station kit - which includes platform and canopy modules - will then be assembled on site to allow the station to open early in the New Year.

Network Rail has already approved the design, a trial version of which has been erected on an industrial estate in Ringwood near Southampton. The modular system can be put together in 36 days and is expected to be used for a new station at Cranbook in Devon and to upgrade existing stations at Greenhithe in Kent and Effingham Junction is Surrey. Network Rail's business plan, published last week, includes a commitment to spend around £150m on station improvements as well as plans to allow step-free access to trains across the entire rail network.

The prefab station initiative follows criticism of the multi-million pound cost of opening new railway stations that has seen many schemes flounder due to funding difficulties. Of the successful recent projects Coleshill in Warwickshire, which opened to passengers earlier this year, cost £8.7m while Gartcosh in North Lanarkshire came in at £3.25m when it opened in 2005. Network Rail is under pressure to deliver more affordable new stations to meet the growing demand for rail travel and the infraco believes the prefab kits can also be used to upgrade existing neglected stations, which would otherwise require expensive renovations.


Anonymous Ben said...

Great update - hopefully it will open in the new year rather than June. I'm not moaning though, Ive been wanting this station to come in to being for the last 7 years so am just happy it's actually a reality!!

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