Update from Network Rail on Works at Bookham Station.
From Jonny Nesbitt: Stakeholder & Public affairs manager (Wessex).
I am writing to let you know that Network Rail will be carrying out improvement works at Bookham Station. The work will start in July 2020 and are expected to be completed by January 2021. Most of the work will take place during daylight hours on weekdays, Monday to Friday. As you may know, the Grade II listed station building has unfortunately suffered from rotting and damage to the structural timber elements. We will be removing all of the affected timber and treating the walls and floors before restoring everything on a like-for-like basis, preserving the ‘listed’ nature of the station.
Although the works will be undertaken during the day, the station will remain open and operational throughout. We are working closely with our partners at South Western Railway to minimise disruption and to ensure the passenger experience is not adversely affected. Our SWR colleagues will be on site in a temporary ticket office within the station car park during their normal working hours, which will remain unchanged.
In addition to the works on the building, we are using this opportunity to refurbish the station footbridge – which is also Grade II listed. We will be structurally strengthening the girders and undertaking a full re-paint of the bridge – returning it to its former glory!
Most of the works on the bridge will take place overnight, or when the station is closed for other engineering work. Some of this work may also be noisy and I’m sorry in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Our Community Relations team will be issuing local residents living particularly close to the station with an information notice ahead of any weekend or overnight works in order to keep them updated.
Delivering the highest standards of safety is paramount to our work and keeping people safe on and around the railway is at the heart of everything we do. As part of this commitment to safety, all staff who will be working on this site are fully briefed on working responsibly in the local community and keeping noise levels to an absolute minimum level.
Lineside neighbours are also welcome to contact our 24-hour helpline which is available 7 days a week on 03457 11 41 41, quoting “Railway Improvement Work – Bookham Station Building & Footbridge” should they require further information in advance of, or during the works.