Friday 14 Jul 2017
£12 million of investment provides Putney passengers with better, more accessible station
Network Rail today (14 July 2017) joined Justine Greening MP to mark the completion of a series of upgrades at Putney station which have made the station more accessible and have provided better facilities for the nine million passengers who use the station each year.
Over the last five years, Network Rail has invested £12 million as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to extend platforms to accommodate longer, 10-car trains and to install lifts to make the station accessible, among a wide range of improvements.
As a result of the improvements, passenger satisfaction at the station has risen from 66% to 77%.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Our Railway Upgrade Plan is all about providing a better railway for passengers, so it is fantastic to be able to mark the completion of our work at Putney.
“Over the last five years our £12 million of upgrades at Putney station have created a better, more comfortable station for the nine million passengers who use the station every year, and I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we completed our work.
MP for Putney Justine Greening, said: “It's great news for local commuters that the work at Putney Station is finally completed. Our local community now has a fully accessible Putney station with lifts which are a big help for parents with buggies and less mobile passengers, plus other improved facilities. That’s alongside the significant investment at Waterloo bringing more trains with extra capacity which will also help improve the quality and reliability of our daily commute.”
Adam Piddington, customer service director for South West Trains, said: “The improvements to Putney station have been very positive for passengers. We’ve installed three additional ticket machines, extra customer information screens, fully-accessible toilet facilities and a brand new ticket office.
“We’ve also improved the look of the station by refurbishing the façade of the entrance and adding two new retail outlets.
“Our customer satisfaction survey shows that passengers are pleased with the station developments and we are confident they will continue to benefit from the investment for years to come."
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.