Sorry, I meant to post this ages ago.
I went along to the official opening of Lynbrook station in April; there was a big turn out from the community, including local councillors and a couple of MPs, as well as media. And a sausage sizzle!
I had an interesting talk to the architect, who said they’d been mindful of making it fit into the surrounds, to make it feel safe by including lots of open spaces and good sightlines, and to make it resistant to vandalism, by using almost no smooth surfaces. This latter point is quite clever. In contrast, Westall is all flat grey surfaces – I’m amazed it’s kept so clean.
One of the project team told me a void in the platform 1 building is for possible future provision of toilets and booking office (should staff ever be funded), and everything is plumbed ready for that if it ever happens. Planning ahead. (I didn’t check, but I assume there’s already a toilet for PSOs to use once they start duty.)
It also sounds like platform Passenger Information Displays (PIDS) will now be standard on new stations, including unstaffed ones like Lynbrook. Makes me wonder if existing stations will be retro-fitted with this technology. Surely it must come into play at some point, particular given those with hearing difficulties can’t hear the current loudspeaker announcements or “green button”.
He also said there had been considerable challenges building the station, such as moving signalling, re-doing track and overhead, removing the cant on the track, and re-configuring electrical systems to ensure enough power to start trains after a stop. They’re also installing a new substation nearby soon. It all added to the cost and construction time of course; it wasn’t as simple as building a couple of platforms.
Several locals said to me they’d been looking forward to the station opening, and would switch from driving to work to catching the train. Proof, if any is needed, that the provision of useable public transport gets cars off the road.
I’m not about to claim Lynbrook is perfect, but clearly some thought was put into the design, and clearly the locals are pretty pleased it’s opened. Let’s hope it serves them well.