‘Take action now at disgusting station’
Former award-winning Hillingdon site ‘is looking tacky and awful’
RESIDENTS are demanding urgent action after a former underground station of the year has slipped into a ‘disgusting’ state.
The futuristic all white steel-framed architecture of Hillingdon Station made it a landmark in west London when it reopened in 1994 and led to the facility by the A40 being listed and given protected status by Hillingdon Council.
The rebuilt station won an award shortly before its completion for underground station of the year with its low-pitched roof likened to an old Victorian train-shed.
But years of neglect by Transport for London (TfL) has left it in a sorry state, say residents and commuters, who have been left further angered because TfL confirmed last week that it will be another three years before the decay is addressed.
Vic Stoneham is a spokesman for the local Oak Farm Residents’ Association and has lived in the area for 44 years.
The former railway worker said: “It is pretty grim at the moment with all the peeling paintwork and the filthy roof. It is already tacky and awful on the platforms and I dread to think how bad it will look in three years.
“TfL has not really taken care of this station since it was rebuilt. Soon people will stop wanting to use it because of its disgusting appearance. What makes it worse is that it is one of the few wheelchair-friendly stations in west London.”
Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP Boris Johnson said: “I understand that forthcoming station improvements which will spruce up this important commuter hub are in the pipeline. I will be keeping a close eye on the rejuvenation of Hillingdon Station.”
Mr Stoneham added: “You would hope that having such a high-profile MP would mean that things would be sorted quicker, but no. All Boris seems to be interested in is shutting Heathrow.”
It is also unclear when the station will get dot-matrix electronic ‘countdown’ boards that have been common on the Underground system for decades.
The council’s listed status for the station is separate to English Heritage’s Grade I and II historical protection programmes.
A TfL spokesperson said: “As part of our Tube modernisation plan, all London Underground stations have planned improvement work scheduled to take place. Currently we have plans to begin work at Hillingdon station between 2018 and 2021, which will deliver improvements to the appearance and condition of the public areas.”
There are plans for new flats and a large supermarket close by, which will bring more attention to the station.
n RUN-DOWN: Vic Stoneham from Oak Farm Residents’ Association is unhappy at the neglect of Hillingdon Station