Friday 10 Dec 2004


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Date:                           Friday 10 December 2004 Time:                          10am Location:                    Enfield Lock station Event:                         Official opening of the new station facilities at Enfield Lock Photocall with Joan Ryan MP, Gavin Stollar, Network Rail Public Affairs Manager and Kevin Walton, ‘one’ Group Station Manager Media contact:          Laura Dobson 020 7557 8103 As temperatures continue to drop this winter, passengers at Enfield Lock station will be able to keep warm and dry in the comfort of a new waiting room.  The waiting room was today officially opened by Joan Ryan, MP for Enfield, who welcomed the new facility and urged station users in the local community to help protect it from vandalism.  She said: “The new waiting room at Enfield Lock will really benefit rail passengers and the local community, particularly at this time of year.  Sadly, the new facility has already been attacked by vandals several times since its completion in October.  We need to stamp out this anti-social behaviour and take pride in our station, for the safety and benefit of all users.”  Around £160,000 has been invested in the new facility, funded by the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) and delivered by Network Rail.  This forms part of a national scheme to improve facilities for passengers at 68 stations across the country, including Enfield Town which is soon to benefit from a new waiting room, waiting shelter and CCTV.  Jon Wiseman, Network Rail Route Director said: “Stations are the gateway to travel by rail and form a vital part of the journey experience for passengers.  We are committed to providing comfortable stations with modern facilities, but it is disappointing to see these damaged by a minority of mindless vandals who are removing the benefits for many more genuine passengers.” Enfield Lock station is owned by Network Rail and managed by train operator ‘one’.  Kevin Walton, ‘one’ Group Station Manager, added:  “The improvements at Enfield Lock have greatly enhanced the station environment, creating a warm, comfortable area for passengers to wait for trains.  The new waiting room will be a great benefit to our customers using the station, and I hope that we have seen the end of the recent vandalism.”. In an effort to improve security around the new station facilities, Transport for London has recently offered to fund the installation of a new CCTV camera above the new waiting room door, to complement the existing CCTV system at Enfield Lock. 

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