A gem I missed at the time. When announcing the agreement to improve Richmond station’s forecourt, our Cabinet member for Highways said: “When it [the station forecourt upgrade] is finished, Richmond will have the modern spacious gateway local people and businesses deserve, and at the same time, motorists should find it much easier to drive through the town centre.”
So there you have it – we’ll get station improvements which will make it easier to drive around (because that’s what Richmond residents need, when they all live so far away from the town centre) and will make it harder, as a pedestrian, to get to the station. (Oh yes, “the current zebra crossing [will be] replaced with a light-controlled crossing to improve traffic flow.” Yes, we wouldn’t want to make it easier for the 7m people a year who use the station itself, would we?
(NB: You can see from an earlier FOIA request that although a lengthy study was done to assess how a pelican crossing might affect vehicular traffic, they don’t seem to have done anything to actually gauge what the impact of such a change might be for pedestrians.)