Passengers’ views on subway plan sought

The station ramps on the north side Picture: Adrian Towler
The station ramps on the north side Picture: Adrian Towler

PASSENGERS are likely to be consulted on proposals to re-open the subway at Shoreham railway station.

The Shoreham Society is working with Network Rail and Southern, having come up with a potential plan to make the steps accessible to people trying to cross the railway line.

Adrian Towler, the Shoreham Society’s Journal editor, is leading the project and made a presentation at a public meeting last September.

Now, he is working to prepare a rail travellers’ consultation, in the form of a card with a freepost return address.

Mr Towler said: “Network Rail have to agree to have their logo and name on it, and I am awaiting that.”

He is also awaiting news on Southern’s suggestion for access through a disused store, although the estimate needed has so far taken more than three months.

A meeting is planned this morning, to gather a builder’s opinion on Mr Towler’s plan for access from the street, avoiding the platforms.

Mr Towler said: “To Network Rail, I have put in a Freedom of Information request to ask how many people per year ran across the level crossing when the barriers were down.

“We think we need to keep the pressure on, or it could lapse.”

Pedestrians have long been complaining about lengthy waits at the level crossing gates in Brunswick Road.

The society’s campaign to reopen the railway station subway to all was stepped up following a meeting last year between East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton and railway officials about long delays at level crossings in his constituency.

Since then, Stephen Martin, project manager at Shoreham station, has come up with a scheme to make things similar to how it was before the ticket barriers went in at Shoreham.

The idea is to open up a little-used store room behind the ticket office, so pedestrians can climb up some steps, walk through the room and on to the south platform, turn left and into the subway.

On the north platform, they could go out through the ‘night’ gate, which is currently locked during the day. This could be adapted to separate pedestrians from ticket-holders, who would have a slightly longer walk as a result.