Seren Park and Maze Hill station: the path to nowhere carries on…

The Seren Park flats are just feet away from the platform of Maze Hill staiton - but residents have to walk on a detour of hundreds of metres to get there

The Seren Park flats are just feet away from the platform of Maze Hill staiton – but residents have to walk on a detour of hundreds of metres to get there

How long does it take to remove a padlock on a gate? At Maze Hill station it is taking three years and counting.

That is how long it has taken residents of Seren Park (the new development on the south side of the railway) to get the direct access to Maze Hill station they were promised when they rented or bought their flats. The delay is causing huge frustration to the residents of Seren Park, who have to walk on a long detour via Vanbrugh Hill to get to a station platform just a few feet from their block of flats. It has also caused problems for residents of Tom Smith Close next door, who have seen holes appear in their fence and are not used to their cul-de-sac being used as short cut to the station.

Those who read my post of December 1st last year, or who have read elsewhere that Network Rail had reached agreement with the developer back in February over payment for “access rights” to the station, may be wondering why the gate is still padlocked shut, despite lots of lobbying by residents, all three councillors for Blackheath Westcombe ward and local MP Nick Raynsford.

One reason is the wait for an Oyster card reader to be installed – we were told in March that this could take six weeks, which expire later in April. Ominously, Network Rail and Southeastern have muttered about further delays after that – which does not tally with what Network Rail said in mid-February, when their chief executive David Higgins wrote to local MP Nick Raynsford to say that “agreement has now been reached” between Network Rail and the developer, that getting a legal document finalised was just a formality, and that the path could open as soon as an Oyster card reader was in place.

GLA Member Len Duvall and I have asked Southeastern (and Transport for London, which supplies the Oyster readers) to confirm that the path will be opened as soon as it is installed, and to hurry up. I hope that residents can be reassured that once the Oyster Card reader is in place the gate can open immediately.

In the meantime, it would be helpful for any residents concerned to join us in asking Network Rail, Southeastern and the developer Urban Solutions what on earth is going on, why the Oyster  Card reader wasn’t installed months ago, and when the gate will finally be unpadlocked. If you want to do so via me, please do so at alex.grant@greenwich.gov.uk and I will be happy to pass emails on.

Local people have been very patient and have been treated shabbily. I will keep the pressure up until this gate is finally opened.

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2 Responses to Seren Park and Maze Hill station: the path to nowhere carries on…

  1. Jon says:

    Thank you for your efforts with this Alex. Together with our other ward councillors you have been a very great support.

  2. Pingback: Seren Park finally gets its gate to Maze Hill Station unlocked | Blackheath Westcombe Labour

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