Grove Park

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Grove Park Community Group has been working with the Prince's Foundation and Southern Trains on a heritage-led regeneration project which would renovate Grove Park Station. A part of the scheme requires the relocation of an Oystercard Reader; however, TfL are insisting on charging £10,000 for the move the Reader that was originally installed in the wrong place. Will the Mayor intervene on behalf of residents and community groups to scrap this charge?


Answer for Grove Park

Answer for Grove Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

By way of background, Grove Park station is operated by South Eastern Trains (not Southern).

At train company stations such as this, TfL installs equipment as a contractor to the company responsible for the station.

The Oystercard readers at Grove Park have been installed to meet South Eastern's specification. As far as TfL is aware, it is not the case that they are 'in the wrong place'. To date, TfL has had no involvement in the project referred to in the question and has not supplied any cost estimates.

If South Eastern bring forward a proposal to relocate certain of the validators at the station, TfL will be happy to assess the costs involved and see how the regeneration project can be best facilitated.