South London’s Blackheath Station will get a heritage makeover soon to restore and repair some of the Grade II listing station’s canopies. Both platforms are partially covered by weather canopies, and Network Rail says that the canopies’ current condition is poor, necessitating repair and, in some places, replacement work.

Source: Aecom / Planning documents

The state of the canopies can be seen by looking at the “daggerboards” that run around the edges. In many places, they are practically falling apart, if not already removed to prevent them from falling onto the railway.

Source: Aecom / Planning documents

Some of the roof glazing panels, which are made from Georgian wired glass, will be replaced with modern Plasiax. This material is often used as a replacement as it is lighter while still looking pretty much the same. The rotted windows on the footbridge will also be repaired, and the external timber cladding will need to be replaced.

Most of these changes will likely look like ongoing repairs, but a more noticeable visual change will occur when the station’s existing Southeastern blue-grey colour scheme is replaced with the same green and cream/white palette used on other Kent route stations.

That will also apply to the blue timbers on the footbridge, which will be replaced with green timbers. Both the Blackheath Society and Rail Heritage Trust are providing grants to support this project.

Source: Aecom / Planning documents

One of the interesting nuggets that is in the planning application is that they are going to apply the new coats of paint over the older paint rather than removing it back down to the metal and repainting. That’s because they found lead in the old paint, and it’s easier to seal the lead paint in underneath a new coat of paint than to try and remove it when passengers are around.


The repair works are unrelated to the closure of the nearby railway tunnel, which runs between Blackheath and Charlton.


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  1. Brian Butterworth says:

    What happened to purdah?

    Sorry but I totally hate those vile station’s canopies. They fail to deal with the weather whatever it is and just look “heritage” in the worst way possible.

    Can’t we just get whoever it was Liège-Guillemins station which somehow does the job required a station roof and looks awesome.

    The new government should stop these vile “heritage” trash jobs and use things the public would like to use.

    • ianVisits says:

      It’s an operational matter, not relating to government activity, and anyway, the planning application would have been filed before the election was called.

    • Paul says:

      Purdah aside Brian, that was more or less my reaction too before I read your comment.

      This is the most pointless type of “heritage” nonsense – an unremarkable suburban station on which scarce money is being spent to make cheaply built 19th century features look as uninspiring and fragile as they did when they were first opened. St Pancras this ain’t.

      We need a modern, accessible, 21st century railway in London, not a museum piece. Heritage brickwork, cleaned and pointed, would look amazing alongside modern, bright, easily maintainable canopies and lifts to a smart new entrance on the bridge.

      Kings cross, Reading and London Bridge have shown the way – let’s keep the best of the heritage but with some thoughtful and practical modern updates.

  2. Chas says:

    Excellent news, a worthy restoration, someone cares.

  3. Dave Lindop says:

    I find kit great that they have money to spend on cosmetic improvements but would rather see money spent on more needed improvements. Three stops south ofBlackheath us Falconwood, regularly used for access to Eltham crematorium. After ticket office is shut, access is via steps down and the up to another set of steps to platforms. There is NO disabled access no lift, no ramp. Often see coffin dodgers struggling to deal with this after attending funerals, I assume. Why else are they wearing suits and black ties

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