Following the disruption faced by passengers in the summer of 2018, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are contributing £15 million towards a Passenger Benefit Fund to provide tangible improvements for travelling passengers. GTR are working with MPs, Councillors, local stakeholder groups and passengers to see how best to spend the money locally. The funds have been allocated on a station by station basis and Ashtead will benefit to the tune of £30,000. The closing date for submissions for ideas is 31st July 2019.
GTR have set up a web site https://www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/ where examples of ideas and suggestions together with the potential costing can be seen.
As a local stakeholder group, the Ashtead Residents' Association is meeting with local Councillors and a representative from GTR to learn what improvements are feasible at our station. Ideas regarding an additional shelter, more seating and another information board have already been put forward. A "fly in the ointment" is the relative narrowness of the London platform as there has to be a minimum safe width between the platform edge and the seat or shelter. We will know more once the representative from GTR has been to see the lay of the land.
Remember also ideas regarding the infrastructure of the railway itself, e.g. signalling, the Level Crossing, bridges etc are the responsibility of Network Rail and fall outside this scheme.