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“Please help me persuade South West Trains to reduce the gap between train & platform at Wandsworth Town station” – Namrata Chowdhary


Namrata Chowdhary

The two foot high gap betwen train and platform edge definitely needs fixing.

Station improvement works are now on - help me persuade SW Trains to make sure this is one area of improvement they do focus on!!

Problem History

  • 1 Namrata Chowdhary reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 16:51 30 Aug 2011
  • 2 Namrata Chowdhary wrote to South West Trains close 16:51 30 Aug 2011

    Here is the letter that Namrata Chowdhary wrote.

    Massive gap between train and platform edge

    The gap between the train and the platform edge (especially platform 4, for all trains in to Waterloo) is huge - about two feet! - and requires a great effort just to pull oneself into the train.

    I hope the station improvement works currently on include plans to raise the platforms or provide ramps in at least two spots per platform so that the aged, disabled or simply children, or short/unfit people, can get in and out of trains safely.


  • 3 South West Trains responded to Namrata Chowdhary close 16:58 30 Aug 2011
  • 4 Tom Steinberg commented close 17:56 02 Sep 2011

    Hi Namrata! Do you have any friends or family who also use this station? If so you should send them the link to this page so that they can add their names.. - Tom

  • 5 South West Trains responded to Namrata Chowdhary close 09:01 06 Sep 2011
    Customer Service Centre

    Overline House
    Blechynden Terrace
    Southampton SO15 1GW
    Telephone 0845 6000 650
    Fax 023 8072 8187
    [South West Trains problem reporting email]

    Our ref:1638372

    06 September 2011
    Dear Sirs

    Thank you for your contact regarding our services. We do welcome
    feedback from our customers and have, in line with our franchise
    and passenger's charter commitments, established a full range of
    agreed channels to contact our customer relations team.

    A webform on our website at

    By email to [South West Trains problem reporting email]

    By post to –
    South West Trains Customer Relations,
    Overline House, Blechynden Terrace,
    Southampton. SO15 1GW.

    By telephone 0845 6000 650 option 4

    There are also established representative bodies which deal with
    unresolved complaints from our passengers.

    For the London Area the organisation is London Travelwatch

    For the remainder of our area the organisation is Passenger Focus

    To allow us to follow our agreed processes, would you please
    advise our customer to use one of the established methods of
    contact to obtain a full response to their concerns.

    Jan Ledbyrne
    Stagecoach South Western Trains

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  • 6 Myf Nixon advised Namrata to write to Richard Tracey. close 10:53 06 Oct 2011

    Hi Namrata,
    I see South West Trains have asked you not to use FixMyTransport for correspondence.

    We believe there is no good reason for an operator not to engage with its customers through the site, so our advice would be to write back and say that this is your preferred method of communication.

    However if you prefer to follow their own guidelines and take communication offline, please do come back and update us on any progress you've made. This was there will be a public record, plus a chance for others to add their support and discuss the issue.

    I think this is too valid an issue to let go, as well - have you considered contacting the London Assembly member for Wandsworth about it? He does have public transport as one of his responsibilities and he should be very interested to hear about what is an accessibility issue for his constituents.

    I've drafted an email for you below, but feel free to edit or overwrite it.

  • 7 Transport for All commented close 12:05 06 Oct 2011

    Platform humps such as the one at Brixton station are a great way to solve this and make stations accessible for wheelchair users, older people, and everyone who doens't want to leap a cliff when getting off a train!

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