Contractors set date in early September to start work on delayed scheme
Long-awaited improvements to the underpass at Forest Hill could now be within sight thanks to a decision of Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet on Wednesday 20 October.
The M&C agreed to provide up to £104,000 from money allocated to improve access to the East London Line stations in the Council’s capital programme to renovate the subway. Together with funds from Network Rail it looks at long last as if local residents may soon have a decent underpass to walk through on their way to and from Forest Hill Town Centre.
Let’s hope this long saga will soon come to an end.
Full details of the Mayor and Cabinet decision here
Back in January 2010 the Council and Network Rail (who own the Forest Hill underpass) agreed a programme of improvements to the underpass. These included measures such as re-surfacing the floor of the underpass, an improved water-drainage system, cladding the underpass walls with easily cleaned de-mountable panels, re-painting, and improved lighting. Network Rail planned to start the works in April 2010, once the station footbridge had been installed.
In fact nothing has happened since January, despite the footbridge works having been long completed. The Sydenham Society has once again taken up matters with the Council and in July the Sydenham Society met with Councillor Alan Smith, Deputy Mayor, to press for an early start to the long promised improvements. Councillor Smith hoped that Network Rail might start the works in September and said that he would continue to press them for progress. The Society will keep a close eye on the matter.