After making further representations on behalf of constituents, David Evennett MP has received a response from Southeastern Railway indicating that they have agreed to install an Oyster card reader and lockable gate on platform 2.
This follows Mr Evennett’s Adjournment debate in the House of Commons in September.
Mr Evennett said “This is real progress on an issue of considerable concern to my constituents in Crayford. It is now over to Bexley Council to proceed once the land has been transferred”.
The response from Mike Gibson, Public Affairs Manager of Southeastern Railway, said:
Thank you for your letter of 15 November addressed to Charles Horton. Charles has asked me to respond on his behalf.
In response to a letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, we agreed to re-visit this and a self-explanatory letter from Charles to Norman Baker MP is attached. I apologise for not sending you a copy of this letter earlier.
You will see that we have agreed to install an Oyster reader and a lockable gate on platform 2, effectively creating step free access to the down platform
We understand that the land immediately outside the station leading to the road is shortly to transfer from Sainsbury’s to Bexley Council and this will enable Bexley to upgrade the dilapidated footpath (see attached photographs) in order to provide a link with the road.
We have discussed this informally with Bexley officers and will offer what practical help we can give to achieve this, but you will appreciate that this land is not in railway ownership and ultimate responsibility to upgrade and maintain any footpath rests with the council.