The UK’s Network Rail has started upgrade work at Denmark Hill station near Camberwell in South London.

The £7.5m project is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) to reduce overcrowding at the station and improve railway services.

Currently, foundations have been dug out for new columns that will support additional canopies. New customer information screens and seating arrangements will also be installed to prevent congestion.

A new entrance will be made to facilitate access to the station.

Furthermore, the workers will add photovoltaic (solar) film to the new station roof as part of sustainability measures.

The project works, set to be delivered in collaboration with train operating company GTR, are expected to be completed in the middle of next year.

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UK Rail Minister Chris Heaton Harris said: “The improvements to Denmark Hill Station will not only make it easier to access but also improve the look and feel of the station. Network Rail are creating a better space and facilities for those passengers who use it day in day out.”

Network Rail Southern Region investment director Paul Harwood said: “The work we’re doing at Denmark Hill will help give local people, staff and users of the adjacent major hospitals, easier access to their train services and provide passengers with a much better experience.

“We’re making good progress on the project at this time and even with the extra precautions we are taking to keep everyone safe because of Covid-19 we expect to keep to our original schedule.”

Last month, Network Rail opened the first round of public consultation for the Ely area capacity enhancement (EACE) programme.

The programme seeks to carry out upgrade works to increase the frequency of trains running through Ely.