Architect Ian Ritchie has slammed tube bosses for removing seating he designed for Bermondsey Station, south-east London
Transport for London (TfL) last week started to remove all seating on the eastbound and westbound platforms at Bermondsey station (pictured), designed by Ian Ritchie architects and opened in 1999.
A TfL spokesperson said the removal was due to maintenance contractors’ concerns that the seating failed to provide adequate support for customers with mobility impairments.
Ritchie however was outraged by the decision and described the removal as an ‘appalling waste of public money’.
He said: ‘[It’s] confirmation of management madness in the twenty-first century, which reduces everything to a grey world of standardisation, often of no design quality.’
New seating will be installed once material from the old seats is ‘recycled’, in line with TfL’s environmental policy.