Direct access to Maze Hill station opened up at last

The long running saga over direct access to Maze Hill platform, promised to Seren Park residents by the developer, appears now to have been resolved after several years of frustrating delays.

Matters came to a head in August when Greenwich Council gave notice that it was to re-instate the boundary fencing, using more robust materials, between Tom Smith Close and the new Seren Park development.  Access through the previous, repeatedly damaged fencing, via Tom Smith Close, which had become of increasing concern to residents there, would be stopped when work was due to completed this week.

Since then there has been a flurry of emails and phone calls between those with key roles, Greenwich Council, Network Rail, Southeastern and RBS, which now has a stake in the Seren Park development, and locally elected representatives.

Blackheath Westcombe Conservative Councillor Geoff Brighty, who has been heavily involved,  says " The last remaining issues were resolved to the satisfaction of Network Rail today and they announced that they would open the gate by lunchtime.  I was there at about 2pm to take a look and the gate had indeed been opened and some residents were already using it.  It has been a bone of contention for Seren Park residents and had also been an issue for those in neighbouring Tom
Smith Close which had become an unofficial cut through to the station.  It is very good news and residents have been telling me how delighted they are that it has all been sorted out at last."