Shoebury Station re-opens after £700K revamp

Echo: Shoebury Station with new entrance and canopy Shoebury Station with new entrance and canopy

SHOEBURY Train Station has reopened after a £700,000 revamp to its entrance and toilets.

The 130-year-old station has been given a new easy-access entrance with sliding doors and canopy, new customer toilets have opened on the platforms and new non-slip flooring in the booking office.

Station Manager Julie Penn said: “The new-look station entrance and booking hall is a vast improvement on what existed before.

“It’s now much brighter and more airy inside, and the new wide doors remove a blind corner so it is much easier for customers to flow in and out during peak times.”

The new modern entrance with canopy roof, which replaced an old “porch-style” entrance, taking out a blind corner, was finished between Christmas and New Year, but most passengers only started using it this week due to engineering work at Benfleet.

Passengers have had to use a temporary toilet block next to the station since the first phase of improvement work stated in autumn 2011.

That phase, completed in last spring, involved the treating of the dry rot that had set in to the historic station’s wooden frame.

The second phase, which saw the old porch entrance demolished and new entrance and toilets built, began in October.

In the booking office the floor has been re-tiled to make it less slippery when wet, and the booking office has been redecorated.

The booking office remained open throughout phase two of the work, but passengers had to use a gate alongside the building to access it from the platforms.

The refurbished was carried out under the National Station Improvement Plan.

The Echo reported last moth that a refurbishment of Chalkwell Train Station, completed in June, won the station a National Railway Heritage Award.

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6:39pm Thu 10 Jan 13

reptile says...

You sure don't get much for your money nowadays.
You sure don't get much for your money nowadays. reptile

8:03pm Thu 10 Jan 13

emcee says...

reptile wrote:
You sure don't get much for your money nowadays.
Exactly. I reckon you could have built a whole new station building for £700,000. It is not as if you need a big building there in the first place. Someone has made a lot of money out of this.
[quote][p][bold]reptile[/bold] wrote: You sure don't get much for your money nowadays.[/p][/quote]Exactly. I reckon you could have built a whole new station building for £700,000. It is not as if you need a big building there in the first place. Someone has made a lot of money out of this. emcee

8:20pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Thames Gateway says...

That's good news; there has been a fair bit of investment in the C2C stations in Southend over the last few years.
That's good news; there has been a fair bit of investment in the C2C stations in Southend over the last few years. Thames Gateway

9:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

sav25 says...

It's bad news. Why? 1) The old station served the very simple purpose of a ticket office and barrier 2) Season ticket costs are spiralling and now we see why - pointless spend 3) £700K on a glass front and some new bogs!?! Oh my word!!!!! FU C2C
It's bad news. Why? 1) The old station served the very simple purpose of a ticket office and barrier 2) Season ticket costs are spiralling and now we see why - pointless spend 3) £700K on a glass front and some new bogs!?! Oh my word!!!!! FU C2C sav25

10:23pm Thu 10 Jan 13

emcee says...

Thames Gateway wrote:
That's good news; there has been a fair bit of investment in the C2C stations in Southend over the last few years.
Fare paying passengers are expected to pay extortionate fares to help fund investment in the rail network. In this instance the reason for the fares being so high are quite obvious. The fare paying public are far from getting value for money with this "overpriced" revamp and I think questions should be raised as to why it cost so much for so little.
[quote][p][bold]Thames Gateway[/bold] wrote: That's good news; there has been a fair bit of investment in the C2C stations in Southend over the last few years.[/p][/quote]Fare paying passengers are expected to pay extortionate fares to help fund investment in the rail network. In this instance the reason for the fares being so high are quite obvious. The fare paying public are far from getting value for money with this "overpriced" revamp and I think questions should be raised as to why it cost so much for so little. emcee

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