AN AGREEMENT has finally been reached over the opening of a gate which will give local residents more convenient access to Maze Hill railway station.
The locked gate in the Seren Park development has frustrated local residents who have had to take a long detour on foot to reach the station.
Providing access to Maze Hill railway station was one of the conditions placed upon the developers when planning permission was granted by the council.
A Network Rail spokesperson told Greenwich.co.uk: “We are pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between Network Rail and the developer for the gate at the station to be brought into use for Seren Park residents. We are in the process of setting out the main agreed terms between the two parties and will then instruct our solicitors to formalise a full agreement for the path to be used.
"At the same time, we will instruct Southeastern to install Oyster card readers and ticket gates at the new entrance. Once all these steps have been completed, the path can be opened.”
Local MP, Nick Raynsford, welcomed the move:
"After years of personally lobbying Network Rail and the developers of Seren Park Gardens, I am pleased that Network Rail’s Chief Executive, David Higgins, has now responded with confirmation that the path to Maze Hill Station will open. Residents can now look forward to using a more direct and safer route to the station, once the installation of Oyster card readers at the barriers is complete”.
Greenwich.co.uk understands that Network Rail is working with the developer of Seren Park and Southeastern to deliver the access "as quickly as possible."