The Anonymous Widower

Brentwood Station – 2nd July 2019

I took these pictures of Brentwood station today.

For comparison, this second set of pictures were taken in October 2014 and I posted them in Before Crossrail – Brentwood Station.

Note the excellent toilets.

There is still work to do to finish the station.

The biggest problem appears to be squeezing the lifts into the structure.

There is this article on Essex Live, which is entitled Brentwood Station Lift Fiasco Is Penalising Buggy-Users And Disable People.

This is said in the article.

Network Rail has previously said that the decision to not install a lift on platform four was “not taken lightly.”

But, the discovery of power cables and a disused culvert underneath where the lift shaft would go led to Network Rail’s conclusion that a lift could not be installed there.

I’m afraid that station modifications are liberally sprinkled with stories like this.

July 2, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. While Brentwood Station is shown as step free there has been controversy over Network Rail not providing a lift to platform 4 . I have attached a link to local newspaper article on this which is from last year so whether problem remains is not known –

    Comment by Melvyn | July 2, 2019 | Reply

    • It looked to me today from my experience of doing up Victorian buildings, that the contractors were having great difficulties at the station. Some of the engineering to get lifts in some of the stations, East of Stratford looks truly heroic, which orobably is due to the difficulties. It’s one thing to design a new step-free sration, but quite another to fit lifts to others. On Network Rail’s list are Peckham Rye, Petts Wood and Hackney Downs. I wish them luck!

      Comment by AnonW | July 2, 2019 | Reply

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