‘Eyesore’ Dorchester building finally demolished

AN ‘eyesore’ building at a Dorset train station has been demolished.

As previously reported by your New Blackmore Vale, West Dorset MP Chris Loder said progress on redevelopment work at Dorchester South station was imminent – starting with knocking down the former Red Star parcel building.

The building before it was knocked down. Photo: Google

The building before it was knocked down. Photo: Google

Now, the structure has been demolished, a move welcomed by the MP.

“Little over a week ago I challenged South Western Railway and Network Rail to finally take down the eyesore that for too long has been blighting the area and attracting antisocial behaviour, and have been making these clear arguments for many months,” Mr Loder said.

He said he hoped work to improve the station, including boosting the accessibility of the platforms to elderly and disabled rail users, could now progress.

Mr Loder added: “I am working hard to ensure the station, and the rail line more widely, attracts the strategic ambition and the resources it needs.

“This is why I am backing the funding bid for a lift at the station, and why I have for so long called for the demolition of the derelict parcel building which has been dragging the appearance of the station down for years.

“This weekend marks a sure sign that this message is being heard loud and clear by the railways, and a hopeful indication on future progress.”

The issue was discussed during a recent meeting between the MP and South Western Railway (SWR) regional development manager, Andrew Ardley.

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