Bishopstone Station gets an upgrade

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PLANS to install CCTV at Bishopstone Station and make it safer could be given the green light by council chiefs.

Station owner Southern Railway applied to Lewes District Council for planning permission.

The scheme will be considered next year by the council’s planning committee which will have the final say.

Southern also hopes to install a help point, as well as the camera, which are all part of a station improvement programme across the rail company’s network.

The cameras will cover all public areas including the station building, footbridge and platform.

It will improve customer information and security, improve safety and encourage more passengers.

The scheme will also help to reduce vandalism, mean staff are safer and protect the train station’s buildings.

It will cost £23,500 and should be completed in February 2011.

The new help point will incorporate a flat screen monitor to give real time train departure information.

This will improve real time information to customers on their journey.

The cost for this station system is £10,000 and work should be completed in April 2011.