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The waiting room on platforms 2 and 3 at West Byfleet station is locked, vandalised and crumbling, and has been for many years. Isn’t it odd that when a fortune was spent on building a new footbridge with lifts at West Byfleet a couple of years ago nothing was done about this continuing eyesore – a depressing and frustrating sight for those waiting for trains. Maybe if, as seems likely, there is no intention to spend serious money on it, a little bit of cash can be allocated to just demolishing it and removing this reminder of more civilised days  – when it was open, in good repair, unvandalised, and could provide a refuge for passengers. Days lone gone, I fear.

April 2011 update: It IS going to be demolished and replaced with a new, “vandal-proof” shelter, I understand. The same thing will happen to the shelter that has just disappeared on platform one. A “vandal-proof” shelter is an interesting concept – not least to vandals. But look at all the improvements set in train once Wokingmatters takes up the cudgels!

August 2011: Platform one got an enclosed shelter with seating, platform three got an open shelter with no seating. Preferential treatment for London commuters, you see. But platform three does have the benefit of its unspoilt wildflower meadow. I hope it’s protected by the Nature Conservancy Council, if such a body still exists.


  1. Oh, don’t knock it down. How hard would it be to unlock the door so that we can shelter from the weather?

  2. “Health and safety”, I guess. It’s probably not very nice in there.

  3. My source tells me it’s on their “to do” list. At the moment they’re installing new toilets on platform 1.

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