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Toughened glass for station shelters

WAGN says it wants to continue using 'toughened glass' in the new passenger shelters at Brookmans Park station.

The decision has been questioned on this site by commuters who fear the glass is not suitable for an area prone to vandalism.

Since the shelter was installed at the end of 1999 several panes have been smashed and have had to be replaced at a cost of 300 each.

However a spokesman for West Anglia Great Northern has since rejected the option of using Perspex instead of glass. He said Perspex can be scratched easily, it is harder to remove graffiti from and can be damaged by cigarette burns.

The option of using wire toughened glass has also been rejected because, once broken, the wire itself can cause a safety hazard.

However the spokesman said WAGN is confident that once the restoration works at Brookmans Park station are complete, (the target date is April 1, 2000), then the station will be in excellent condition.

Workmen are currently resurfacing both platforms with block paving, replacing the drainage systems and building two new shelters, a second on the London-bound platform and a third on the Welwyn-bound platform.

WAGN is also looking at the possibility of installing CCTV surveillance cameras at the station by the time the restoration works are complete and stepping up security patrols in the area.

There has also been talk of redirecting the footbridge to provide a station exit to the car park and repositioning the ticket machine there.

Several correspondents to this site have expressed fears about walking home in the dark through the tunnel-like exit by the current ticket office.

This option was raised when the Area Manager for Railtrack, Phil Heath, travelled to Brookmans Park for a meeting with the North Mymms Residents' Association to discuss conditions at the station.

Railtrack acts as the landlord with responsibility for all building works. Rail companies such as WAGN are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the properties.

However the building work involved in constructing a new footbridge would be extremely costly and Railtrack is unwilling to foot the whole bill.

One option is for the North Mymms Residents' Association to consider bidding for millennium funds but so for the Association has yet to reach a decision on this.

Contact Railtrack and WAGN

You can e-mail Railtrack directly at or West Anglia Great Northern at or you can raise any concerns in the 'Have Your Say' section of this site and what you write will be publisheFebruary 9, 2000

Related news items

Station renovations continue - Jan 29, 2000
Patrols to target rail vandals - Dec 2, 1999
New station shelter vandalised - Dec 1, 1999
New shelter for station - Nov 29, 1999
Station shelter - work underway - Nov 11, 1999
New waiting room to be built next week - Nov 11, 1999
Station facelift brought forward - Nov 4, 1999
Vandals target station waiting room - Nov 2, 1999
Local residents to meet Railtrack - Oct 15, 1999
Vandalism to track damages train - Sept 9
Railtrack invite feedback on station  -  Sept 5
Railtrack to tackle vandalism  -  August 23, 1999
New plans to beat vandals -  July 13, 1999
Crackdown on station vandalism -  July 9, 1999
Station face-lift hits buffers -  March 19, 1999
WAGN failures -  August 20, 1998
WAGN anger - July 12, 1998

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