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Just before the Olympic cyclists rode through West Byfleet last year,  a mural with a touch of Egyptian hieroglyphics to it appeared in the tunnel under the station, to commemorate the moment. A year on, in an example of West Byfleet’s Olympics legacy in action, I chanced upon two ladies giving the mural a wash and brush spruce-up while on my way to Waitrose. The mural has a protective coat of anti-graffiti paint, but suffers more from water leaks caused by Network Rail’s poor maintenance of the tunnel roof. I won’t embarrass the two ladies by identifying them, but what public-spirited action. It was the second clean-up they had carried out since the mural was unveiled a year ago. Hats off to them in the days before West Byfleet’s party in the park 2013 this weekend.

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.