Crystal Palace train station upgrade pictures released
FIRST images of the revamped Crystal Palace railway station have been released by Transport for London (TfL).
And last week commuters were able to visit an exhibition in the station's long-closed Victorian ticket hall and talk to staff about the proposed improvements.
The £3.5m scheme will see the refurbishment of the ticket hall and the installation of three lifts to take passengers to platforms.
At present, passengers have to cope with around 120 steps to and from platforms. They say this has made the station a virtual no-go area for people with disabilities, mothers with children in buggies and people with heavy luggage.
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There will also be improved CCTV at the station and better passenger information screens, PA system and signs.
Among those visiting the exhibition was London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark and former Croydon Council leader, Val Shawcross.
Last year she presented a 600-plus name petition to TfL, asking for the improvements, and also supported TfL's bid to the Government for funding.
Commenting on the exhibition, Ms Shawcross said: "I welcome TfL getting in touch with commuters in this way.
"Transport infrastructure projects like this can take a great deal of time to implement and people can get frustrated and may think nothing is happening."
She added: 'Crystal Palace is a wonderful station but is arguably the least accessible station in London, so I am pleased that customers can now get a taste of what is to come.
"I hope more will experience not only this marvellous station but the vibrant Crystal Palace area and all it has to offer."
The work is expected to be completed early next year.