Building work on a new station for Kidbrooke is now well underway with foundations in place as 5,500 homes are built in the area.
A new station is being constructed to accommodate 4,900 homes atKidbrooke Village alone. It’ll face onto a new square including a Sainsburys and Youngs pub.
The square can just about be made out in the top left in the below image:
I was hoping to pop down and take some snaps of the towers now almost complete. Unfortunately time was against me. I hope to get there soon, though if anyone has any pics I’d like to see current progress.
TfL have also submitted plans for 619 homes on the other side of Kidbrooke station.
The vast increase in homes has so far not met plans to increase rail capacity. Continual delays to Southeastern’s next franchise has resulted in no confirmed new or additional trains.
Network Rail’s plan for the line see just four extra carriages by 2024 – just a 5% increase in five years.
In addition, are they making maximum use of the their land to raise income?
Presumably they own the station site, and whilst Berkeley are contributing to the build cost, if Network Rail themselves constructed a replacement station they could have made a greater amount of income by building above the station box. As it is, its a squat box amongst Berkeley Homes’ blocks.
A development arm could raise large sums in many areas to cross-subsidise the running of the railway – as happens in other nations. New homes above stations would also see a ready supply of passengers to continue growth. It’s only happened in fits and starts.
Then again, central Government would soon force a sell off in all likelihood – as they recently did with rail arches. Decades of long term stable income lost for a one-off lump sum that will soon disappear.
Another reason the UK has some of the most expensive fares per mile in the developed world.