Network Rail's design for new-look Fleet stationBy Stephen Lloyd
February 15, 2013
THIS is how Fleet’s new railway station will look after plans for the site were released.
Network Rail has drawn up the design, pictured left, for a modern main station building and erection of a replacement footbridge, lift and platform waiting shelter.
The station building will include a new ticket office, booking hall, staff facilities, public toilets, associated store rooms, a canopy over platform two and a totem featuring an analogue clock.
Part of the Department for Transport-backed National Station Improvements Scheme, Network Rail said the proposed improvements were designed to ‘increase passenger perception of the station’ and has included national and local input from Passenger Focus and the British Transport Police.
“The proposed building has been designed to improve existing facilities at the station with minimal impact on the surrounding area,” it added.
“The building is of a modern design incorporating materials that are considered to reflect and complement the surrounding area.”
Network Rail said the building will be constructed using mainly aluminium, glazing and brickwork. It added the proposed new station building and footbridge falls under permitted development.
Network Rail, which is yet to confirm the cost of the project or the timescale for the work, has notified Hart District Council of its plans.
The council can make representations but there is no obligation on Network Rail to comply with them.
Hart has decided to raise no objection to the proposals.
Case officer Robert Thain said the siting, dimensions and materials of the proposed new station building are considered appropriate.
He added that Network Rail’s proposals were a ‘significant aesthetic improvement’ on the existing facility and were ‘welcomed’.
Mr Thain said Network Rail has confirmed the new ticket machines will be glare proof and will also have an overhead canopy following concerns by people who used the station.
He added there were a number of issues, such as a lack of parking, which it is assumed will be resolved through a subsequent planning application with a proposal for a single deck car park and additional cycle racks.