My view: Brian Bloice
10:21am Tuesday 22nd May 2012 in Streatham
In 2008 Tesco displayed an exhibition, which announced they had been given planning consent for the Hub development.
It stated in their publicity at the time that there would be “A major new transport interchange with a new bus terminal and an improved train station”.
In the recent consultation at the Hideaway Jazz centre it was apparent this transport interchange has been considerably diluted to a mere bus interchange. The element involving the Streatham station has disappeared.
Recently, Streatham Hill, Streatham Common and Norbury stations have all had, or are currently having, vast improvements, while Streatham station remains Streatham’s worst station.
It has a semi-derelict feel about it – there is no disabled access on either platform and there are no waiting rooms facilities open on at least one platform.
When you consider the many thousands of passengers who use this station, the Streatham Society would like to have answers to why the original proposed improvements for Streatham’s commuters comfort have been completely watered down at this busy station.
Streatham station will also be the station used by future visitors to Streathams’ new flagship leisure centre.
It is not too late for Tesco, Network Rail and Southern Rail to jointly improve Streatham station’s facilities.