Petition launched for New Malden Station regeneration
By adam_leone | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 11:34
A conservative councillor has launched a petition to get South West Trains to improve the facilities and cleanliness of New Malden Station.
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Coombe Vale councillor Lynne Finnerty says recent small improvements have been a direct result of pressure from local residents.
Lynne has said: "New Malden train station is a gateway to our town. It should reflect the pride we take in our community, assist in welcoming visitors and could contribute to the vitality of our High Street."
South West Trains have now advised that a cleaner has been appointed - dedicated solely for New Malden Station - to bring the station up to the level of the cleaning specification.
SWT told them that the station was cleaned daily, and that this was supplemented by a deep clean every eight weeks.
They were also assured the cleaning specification was robust and fit for purpose.
Evidence of these assurances have failed to materialise and Lynne and the residents have continued to chase SWT for action.
SWT say that "improved toilet facilities" have been installed: this seems to mean that the deodorisers have been refitted.
A promise from SWT to replace the glass following fire damage to the stairwell up to Platform 4 has yet to be fulfilled.
Residents requested a bin and cigarette 'stubber' near car park gates.
SWT say that this area is maintained by Kingston Council, but the car park is not Highway Dedicated and falls within the remit of Network Rail.
Action by SWT has resulted in Network Rail and JC Decaux filling potholes in the car park and removing a fire-damaged advertising sign.
Network Rail are scheduled to make accessibility improvements to the station's infrastructure in May 2013.
Click here to download the petition.