We are moving soon to the flats in the middle of CP station, and I rang TfL on the hope they'd be able to tell me about any building work.
When the works start I dont think they will cause you many problems. There shouldnt be any major construction needed.
Assuming your flat is where I think where it is and your not renting....
If youre moving to the end of Orchard Grove between the two lines at Crystal Palace Station, then you could have an advantage. I know that road, I have flat on Thicket Rd, and nearly bought another on Orchard Grove to rent out.
I believe the road is split into two managment companies, one for the houses/flats on Orchard Grove and a second for the flats between the railway lines. They own and manage the land around the properties. If you own your flat you will own a share in that company and have a right to be a director. Use that right.
Clearly the managment of the flats and land has deteriated over last two years, I assume only "lazy" landlords who care little about the land around the flats are now directors. I have seen this happen in a lot managment companies. If you clean up the area around the car parks with new planting etc, you would increase the value of your property. Remember its your company, you own it. Get rid of the current gardeners/ maintanence company.
But the important thing as far as the railway goes is this. They have access the railway at platform three across your car park. They also stuck a gate into a fence along platform two.
I assume you would own that car park. They must have a "right of way" across your car park to reach platform three. But I dont think they have "right of way" to access platform two. They have just stuck a gate into a fence and walk across your plants. When they have engineering works they park vans in your car park. If it is a "right of way" they have, its a very poor right. All works on the line are dependent apon it not being blocked and there is very little they can do about it if it is.
If this is true then profit from it. Tell them they cannot cross onto platform two from your land, dont let them create a right of way through use. Dont let them park vans in your car park, unless they have paid.
If they have serious works to do, like the East London Line, make them aware the "right of way" to platform three might be blocked on the day they need it.
When serious work is needed the railways have employees or use companies to liase with people who might be affected by works. But very few people have actual power to do anything about the actions of the Railways. But if they have to use a "right of way" across your land You can queeze them until their pips squeek.
Make them put in everygreen trees to block sound, and anything else you can think of.
I would also contact the directors of the lower section of the Rd so you can both put the squeeze on Network Rail.
Edited by Axean, 28 February 2005 - 10:57 AM.