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Posted on Wednesday, 23 June, 2004 - 06:52 pm:   

The station is a focal point to Forest Hill, and it's an eyesore! Sort it out!

There's plenty of work planned in Forest Hill aiming at improving the local environment - notably the refurb of the Dartmouth Arms, and rebuild of Sainsbury's.

Surely Network Rail & Southern can do better than the glorified site hut we have. Their revenue must be huge from FH commuters!

What happened to all of the promises (hotels, new footbridges, shops, etc) made by SouthCentral?
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 08:38 am:   

I am afraid South Central promises will cut no ice with the new company. All the things you mention sound great but are they realistic in SE 23. Who is going to pay for them.
I agree the staion is a mess but it is better than some , Sydenham for instance.
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 12:13 pm:   

Les - I totally agree, I was thinking that very thing this morning. The station looks terrible! There is so much they can do to improve it. The rain shelter is nothing more than a badly battered garden shed. The bridge looks like a cage for animals and there's graffiti in pretty much every direction you look. What gives?!
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 01:51 pm:   

What can they do about graffiti.?? This is a criminal problem.
I agree about the bridge but I am assured it is there to stop criminals throwing stones at the trains , although I would think they could easily do that from the track side if that whey inclined.
I would not think it would cost too much to increase space under cover.
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 02:07 pm:   

Problem is that it is redeveloped and looks great for 5 minutes. It then gets covered in graffiti and trashed by bored youths. I hate to sound negative and would love the place to be spruced up but given the level of apathy of the majority of local people towards their surroundings, I doubt it.
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 02:11 pm:   

isnt south central now south or something... even fresh paint would make the place look better and some new plants on the front..
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 02:20 pm:   

I think the train companies can hardly complain about graffiti on their stations, when it's a predictable consequence of de-staffing the station. Their (commercial) decision...

As for the bridge mods - awful. People throwing rubbish onto the track (and esp the third rail) is a problem in some areas (I remember the Dartford lines through the dodgier areas of SE London were a real problem), but I would be surprised if FH station was a special risk. And there are plenty of road bridges around to throw stuff off.

The station is a symptom of the minimum effort, maximum revenue culture. I hope that changes...
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Posted on Thursday, 24 June, 2004 - 05:55 pm:   

I seem to remember noticing quite a disparity on the guff that came with my council tax bill between tube spending and rail spending. Almost every tube station you go to is in reasonable condition and critically always seems to have somebody manning the place. This must help discourage idiots from their brainless doodlings and make female travellers feel safer. Why can't we have this? We pay the same for our travelcards. Is it too much to expect some level of consistency?

Yet more evidence of neglect and underinvestment.

Still, I am confident that Mr Dowd is well aware of this and pushes his constituents case hard in parliament.
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Posted on Monday, 05 July, 2004 - 12:55 am:   

Would it be possible for the seventeen ticket inspectors (apart from when there are delays when they conveniently vaporize in order to avoid being lynched) to do something more useful? The fact there are so many (I exaggerate their numbers slightly) reflects the huge numbers using this station and we deserve better. I suggest that we refuse to buy tickets (the staff give the impression they would rather carry on with their conversations anyway) and stampede the trains.
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Posted on Monday, 05 July, 2004 - 10:02 pm:   

Sadly this is a reflection of train companies' obsession with revenue collection, at the expense of a reliable service and properly maintained stations. Privatisation = the pursuit of profit and the neglect of customer needs.
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Posted on Wednesday, 07 July, 2004 - 03:09 pm:   

I must admit, the thought has crossed my mind in the past. Keeping the station surroundings/environment safe and tidy would help. Don't see why they can't do a bit of painting too. It's not rocket-science (at least not the last time I did any :)

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