How would you spend £30,000 on improving Charlton station? Tell Thameslink quickly

Thameslink class 700 trains
Thameslink is spending money to help passengers at local stations

£30,000 is on offer to help passengers at Charlton station – but you’ll need to tell Thameslink by Wednesday how you’d like it spent.

As part of its apology for the botched introduction of May 2018’s timetable – which saw a chunk of Charlton’s services transferred to Thameslink, and then regularly cancelled, Thameslink has been told to set up a Passenger Benefit Fund worth £15 million to create improvements at stations where its services call.

As Charlton lost a chunk of its weekend services for a year, and even many of its weekday services for some months, the station has been allocated £30,000 from this fund. (Stations along the line are getting a share of the money, with Westcombe Park and Maze Hill getting £50,000 – see here for a list of who gets what.)

However, it’s been rather shy on telling SE Londoners about this – so you’ve only got until Wednesday to submit your suggestions. With no active group representing Charlton station users at present, you’ve got a free hit here – so send in your ideas!

Perhaps you think there should be more for Charlton Community Gardens to build upon their station garden on the north side of the station – some planters on the platforms? Maybe there could be something to improve safety and security at the rather grim southern entrance to the station. A new map of the area around the station that doesn’t show the area around Westcombe Park instead? History boards like the ones at Hither Green? Maybe Lionel Stanhope, the man behind the station murals at Hither Green, Lee and Catford, can be commissioned to work his magic on the bridge at Charlton Church Lane?

Or maybe just a water fountain on the platforms, to match the one bus passengers are getting on their side of the station.

Whatever you think – find out more about the fund, and tell Thameslink your ideas by Wednesday. Hurry!

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