Network Rail will be removing and demolishing the existing staircases and footbridge at Eridge station, replacing it with a new modern-design.
The platform canopies at Eridge station will also be refurbished, improving the overall passenger experience.
Before they begin the work of removing the existing footbridge, Network Rail will be creating a customer diversion route at the station. This is to ensure that there is a safe walking route for passengers boarding and alighting services on Platform 1 only.
There will be no transition available between Platform 1 and 2 for the duration of the project.
From Monday 29th June, there will be transfers in place to take passengers safely from the front of the station to the car park.
The project will take place until the end of September.
Access For All Funding
As part of the Government’s funding to improve accessibility across the rail network for disabled people through the Access For All project, Crowborough train station has also been selected for an upgrade to include step-free access.
Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, is delighted that her successful campaigning to secure accessibility improvements at both Crowborough and Eridge train stations has started to have an impact.
Having secured multi-million pound funding for this vital improvement at both Eridge and Crowborough, I am pleased that work will begin in Eridge this month. The refurbishment will greatly improve the overall passenger experience for many Wealden residents using the line to commute to London, or those visiting the Spa Valley Railway.
As part of a series of moves toward a fully inclusive transport network, the refurbishment of Eridge station will make it easier for disabled people in Wealden to use the rail network and get better access to vital services.
The Government has embarked on an unprecedented investment programme to upgrade our transport network, ensuring it is both fit for the future and accessible for everyone, and I am delighted that these two stations in Wealden will benefit from this project.
Saturday 27th – Sunday 29th June, 00:50 to 04:15: 24-hour a day working between these times and dates; Removal and demolition of existing staircases and footbridge.
Saturday 4th – Sunday 6th July, 00:50 to 04:15: 24-hour a day working between these times and dates; Platform piling.
Sunday 12th – Monday 13th July 2020, 01:05 – 04:00: 24-hour a day working between these times and dates; Platform piling.
Sunday 2nd August, 00:20 – 08:25: Platform piling.
Good news, Eridge station’s been a mess for some time. It has also, however, some lovely architectural features, as shown in the photos, as well as an old station clock, and so on, that enhance the experience for those using the Spa Valley Railway as well as for mainline passengers. I hope the ‘new modern’ design’ won’t mean some bland grey characterless ‘improvement’, and will also take into account the station’s rural setting. It’s good to give disabled people a better look-in though, at both Eridge and Crowborough stations.
In reply to the comment above from Jane. When they extend the line the Spa valley railway will probably go anyway unfortunately so this is just the start. But good news for commuters!
Very interesting news and I shall follow it all with interest.