Rail passengers to get more platform shelters on Barking-Gospel Oak Line

More platform shelters for passengers on the Overground rail network are planned at four stops in east London.

But there isn’t enough cash to pay for lights inside the shelters, according to a rail users’ group.

The shelters have been promised at Woodgrange Park, Wanstead Park, Leytonstone High Road and Midland Road stations on the Barking-Gospel Oak Line.

“We’ve been pressing for more covered waiting areas after five years of arguing since TfL took over the line,” said Barking & Gospel Oak user group’s Richard Pout.

“But we’ve been told there are insufficient funds for lighting inside the shelters.

“We don’t feel the platform lights are adequate as we’ve been told. Passengers want a safe environment, especially women.”

Two shelters are planned at each station early in the New Year, the user group was promised this week.

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A TfL A spokesman confirmed: “We can now upgrade facilities for passengers at these four stations with new platform shelters.”

But the transport authority insisted recent improvements provided “a well-lit and safe environment.”