£2.6m investment to improve Balham station for passengers

Balham Station platform

What the work will involve and where

We’re investing £2.6m to reduce the gap between trains and platforms at Balham station, improving safety and reducing delays.  Platforms will also be refurbished with new surfaces and drainage, and platform canopies repaired and repainted.

The work includes:

  • Track realignment works to reduce the stepping distance between trains and platforms
  • Platform coper replacement works, platform repairs, drainage improvements and resurfacing with new tactile paving
  • New fencing at the London end of platforms
  • Repairs to canopies, including new roof sheeting, guttering and re-decoration.

The benefits

This investment will deliver:

Improved safety and reduced delays

  • Work to reduce the stepping distance between trains and platforms will improve safety and support a more reliable train service by helping passengers get on and off trains more quickly. 

Improved accessibility

  • New tactile paving on platforms will improve accessibility for visually impaired passengers.

Improved journey experience

  • Repaired canopies, platforms and a reduced stepping distance between platforms and trains will contribute towards giving passengers, more pleasant journeys.

Reduced trespass

  • New fencing at the London end of the platforms will help deter trespass, improving safety and helping to reduce delays associated with trespass.

Key dates

The project will be delivered between November 2020 and March 2021: 

Line closures

Date Work to be carried out
22:00, Friday 20 to Sunday 22 November 2020Drainage works, canopy replacement works
22:00, Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February 2021Coper replacements, platform repairs
22:00, Friday 20 to Sunday, 22 February 2021Coper replacements, platform repairs, resurfacing

Road closures

Date Closure information
Sunday nights only from 8 November 2020 – 7 March 2021Lane closure Station Road railway side
22:00, Friday 20 – 06:00, Monday 23 November 2020Full closure of Station Road
22:00, Friday 12 – 06:00, Monday 15 February 2021Full closure of Station Road
22:00, Friday 19 – 06:00, Monday 23 February 2021Full closure of Station Road

Passenger disruption

The work at Balham station will mean some disruption for passengers, but we will aim to keep any noise to an absolute minimum, though some disturbance may be unavoidable due to the nature of the work.

Delivering the highest standards of safety is paramount to our work and keeping people safe on and around the railway is at the heart of everything we do. Often, work needs to be carried out while trains are not running. We are obliged to work, whenever possible, at times that cause the least disruption to train services. Unfortunately, this means carrying out a lot of our improvements during the night at weekends.

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Contact us

If you have any concerns about the work or have a specific question, please contact our community relations team on our 24-Hour Helpline: 03457 11 41 41 (quoting Balham improvement work)