Network rail ‘taking action’ to make London Bridge better for passengers

Haywards Heath Railway Station. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140925-161658001

Haywards Heath Railway Station. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140925-161658001

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Network Rail, and the train operators serving London Bridge station, are taking action to make London Bridge a better environment for passengers as work at the station continues.

Phil Hufton, Network Rail’s new managing director of network operations, said: “In the last few weeks passengers have experienced unacceptable levels of service and over-crowding at London Bridge station.

“Passengers have been very tolerant about the changes to their usual travel arrangements, but understandably they have lost their patience with the recent poor service experienced for which we are very sorry.

“The measures we are putting in place, in collaboration with our train operators will improve both train service provision as well as station management in order that customers receive a better service at London Bridge and if delays occur, they are given the help they need.”

Network Rail said the action being taken includes:

-Forming an integrated ‘one-station-team’ management structure with all staff (whether Network Rail, Southern or Southeastern) working to a single response structure with a single identity so better able to respond to and manage issues as they arise

Passengers have been very tolerant about the changes to their usual travel arrangements, but understandably they have lost their patience with the recent poor service experienced for which we are very sorry.

Phil Hufton, Network Rail

-Increasing the number of staff on the station, particularly at peak times and at times of disruption

-Ensuring staff and passengers, have access to the latest travel information and advice by boosting wi-fi capability, providing tablets to staff and bolstering information screens

-Better advanced warning for passengers of potential problems at the station offering alternative travel advice enabling people to avoid the station at times of disruption

-Changes to the timetable to help a better flow of trains into, and out of, the station

-Re-introducing Olympic 2012 style ‘travel champions’ and ‘customer action teams’ who can be called upon to bolster station staffing levels and help people find their way

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “The railway has seen tremendous growth over the last 20 years with a doubling of passenger numbers.

London Bridge and other major stations will experience crowding if services are delayed because of our very well used and congested network.

“It’s the rail industry’s task to manage these incidents better and ensure that passengers are well informed and looked after as well as deliver a huge investment and improvement programme aimed at growing and expanding the network

Mr Hufton said: “I want to assure customers that we do take this situation seriously and Network Rail is committed to improving our performance by delivering improvements to deliver a safe environment for users of London Bridge hand in hand with meeting the level of train provision and customer service they rightly expect.”