The Anonymous Widower

A Design Challenge

It is absolutely essential that the London Underground increases the number of stations that have step-free access.

Southgate station is a station I know well, as I used it many times to go to and from my school. It is one of those stations with three escalator slots, as this picture shows.

The middle one was just an emergency staircase, but this could be converted into an inclined lift, as is proposed at Greenford.

But as Southgate is a Grade II* Listed building, it would have to be installed with a high degree of sensitivity, which would be the design challenge.

But solve it at Southgate and you could solve it on any of the number of stations, that have two escalators and a staircase.

January 19, 2013 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,


  1. I also use Southgate station when I am at home from university as it is the closest tube station to my house. It would be so cool if this was to be solved!

    Comment by izelvenhar | January 20, 2013 | Reply

    • I think it shows how far we’ve come since the station was built in the 1930’s. You didn’t provide disabled access in those days, as it was felt escalators were sufficient. But then in the 1950s and 1960s, when I was at school, you rarely saw anybody out and about in a wheelchair.

      Comment by AnonW | January 20, 2013 | Reply

  2. […] When I mused about fitting an inclined lift at this station in this post, I said it would be a challenging design problem. Southgate is one of the architectural jewels of […]

    Pingback by Going Back To My Childhood « The Anonymous Widower | January 21, 2013 | Reply

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