Generator causing chaos at Billericay station

Basildon Recorder: Generator causing chaos at Billericay station Generator causing chaos at Billericay station

A TEMPORARY generator at Billericay station is causing chaos for passengers.

The equipment, which has been brought in whilst new electricity supply cables are installed, is blocking access to the drop off point meaning vehicles are unable to get close to the station.

The latest work comes just seven months after a £1.4million revamp was unveiled.

Greater Anglia ploughed the money into enlarging the ticket hall, installing more ticket machines, refurbishing the staircase and adding new information screens.

New waiting shelters were also installed creating a five minute drop off and pick up area.

However, despite only opening in March customers are now unable to use this due to the huge generator being placed there.

Richard Townley, 53, of Hillhouse Drive, Billericay, arrived at the station at 9pm on Saturday after a day out in London to find there was nowhere for his lift to pick him up.

He said: “Members of my family were forced to walk through the pouring rain, rather than use the new drop off point and stay dry. It was absolute chaos there as well as usual hostile approach to customers from railway staff. When they want to do something they just ignore customers."

In May the Echo told how Greater Anglia, who manage the station, were forced to apologise to customers following complaints of rude staff members and long queues for tickets.

One customer, who does not want to be named, said: “You could not make it up. Despite the station refurbishment only finishing recently, work is about to start yet again.

“I reckon we can expect disruption in Radford Way and Station Approach for the next four weeks.”

Greater Anglia were unable to give an expected date for the completion of the work, but claim they are now planning on relocating the generator to free up more space in the drop off area.

A spokesperson said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience whilst work is carried out to upgrade the electricity supply system at Billericay station, contractors are taking steps to complete the work as quickly as possible."
 

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4:17pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

oh no! poor ickle railway passengers might have to take a few extra steps to get to a taxicab!


I know, just take the generator away and have an electricity free station....

get a grip!
oh no! poor ickle railway passengers might have to take a few extra steps to get to a taxicab! I know, just take the generator away and have an electricity free station.... get a grip! Eric Whim

4:17pm Thu 25 Oct 12

perini says...

He said: “Members of my family were forced to walk through the pouring rain, rather than use the new drop off point and stay dry.
What a hardship that must have been!! You must be traumatised - just think: You had to walk and in the rain too!! Must be grounds there for compo eh!
He said: “Members of my family were forced to walk through the pouring rain, rather than use the new drop off point and stay dry. What a hardship that must have been!! You must be traumatised - just think: You had to walk and in the rain too!! Must be grounds there for compo eh! perini

4:27pm Thu 25 Oct 12

wickman says...

Greater Anglia generator a story L.O.L
Greater Anglia generator a story L.O.L wickman

4:30pm Thu 25 Oct 12

billericay boy says...

It's was not a problem, I just got my chauffeur to carry me with his umbrella.
It's was not a problem, I just got my chauffeur to carry me with his umbrella. billericay boy

4:33pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

billericay boy wrote:
It's was not a problem, I just got my chauffeur to carry me with his umbrella.
did he stick you on the the spiked end?
[quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: It's was not a problem, I just got my chauffeur to carry me with his umbrella.[/p][/quote]did he stick you on the the spiked end? Eric Whim

5:50pm Thu 25 Oct 12

finbar says...

^^Haha funny comments, NOT. Obviously not long suffering commuters who pay premium prices for rubbish services. The whole modernisation project has been a complete waste of time and money with endless disruption to commuters; and, a year later, they still haven't finished.

"Greater Anglia ploughed the money into enlarging the ticket hall" Thanks, we've got more space for queueing up now!

"installing more ticket machines" Erm no, there were 3 before and there are 3 now. The last one was finally installed this week!

"refurbishing the staircase" You mean it's been painted!

"and adding new information screens" Big deal!
^^Haha funny comments, NOT. Obviously not long suffering commuters who pay premium prices for rubbish services. The whole modernisation project has been a complete waste of time and money with endless disruption to commuters; and, a year later, they still haven't finished. "Greater Anglia ploughed the money into enlarging the ticket hall" Thanks, we've got more space for queueing up now! "installing more ticket machines" Erm no, there were 3 before and there are 3 now. The last one was finally installed this week! "refurbishing the staircase" You mean it's been painted! "and adding new information screens" Big deal! finbar

7:37pm Thu 25 Oct 12

southendshrimper says...

Dear Commuters, Most of you have legs USE THEM its called WALKING.

If this is all you have to complain about then lucky you. Think of the poor doctor who had to bury his hole family. Think of the service men & women who are losing there lives for this country & there familys.

my god some people only happy when complaing.
Dear Commuters, Most of you have legs USE THEM its called WALKING. If this is all you have to complain about then lucky you. Think of the poor doctor who had to bury his hole family. Think of the service men & women who are losing there lives for this country & there familys. my god some people only happy when complaing. southendshrimper

7:46pm Thu 25 Oct 12

billericay boy says...

southendshrimper wrote:
Dear Commuters, Most of you have legs USE THEM its called WALKING.

If this is all you have to complain about then lucky you. Think of the poor doctor who had to bury his hole family. Think of the service men & women who are losing there lives for this country & there familys.

my god some people only happy when complaing.
Yeah, you go for it you moaning old goat, you tell em.
[quote][p][bold]southendshrimper[/bold] wrote: Dear Commuters, Most of you have legs USE THEM its called WALKING. If this is all you have to complain about then lucky you. Think of the poor doctor who had to bury his hole family. Think of the service men & women who are losing there lives for this country & there familys. my god some people only happy when complaing.[/p][/quote]Yeah, you go for it you moaning old goat, you tell em. billericay boy

10:30pm Thu 25 Oct 12

southendshrimper says...

billericay boy wrote:
southendshrimper wrote: Dear Commuters, Most of you have legs USE THEM its called WALKING. If this is all you have to complain about then lucky you. Think of the poor doctor who had to bury his hole family. Think of the service men & women who are losing there lives for this country & there familys. my god some people only happy when complaing.
Yeah, you go for it you moaning old goat, you tell em.
old me i'm only 37.....
[quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southendshrimper[/bold] wrote: Dear Commuters, Most of you have legs USE THEM its called WALKING. If this is all you have to complain about then lucky you. Think of the poor doctor who had to bury his hole family. Think of the service men & women who are losing there lives for this country & there familys. my god some people only happy when complaing.[/p][/quote]Yeah, you go for it you moaning old goat, you tell em.[/p][/quote]old me i'm only 37..... southendshrimper

9:21am Fri 26 Oct 12

EthanEdwards says...

The story misses one of the most irritating things. We recently had the dreadful road surface in Radford re-done. It was time consuming road closed etc.
Now its great, lovely and smooth. But suddenly this surface is to be dug up to fit these cables and doubtless the surface will be badly put back - as is usually the case. More road closed inconvenience. Grrr!
The story misses one of the most irritating things. We recently had the dreadful road surface in Radford re-done. It was time consuming road closed etc. Now its great, lovely and smooth. But suddenly this surface is to be dug up to fit these cables and doubtless the surface will be badly put back - as is usually the case. More road closed inconvenience. Grrr! EthanEdwards

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