The Anonymous Widower

Artwork At Bowes Park Station

Bowes Park station is one in my old haunts around Southgate and Wood Green.

I found a story that there had been some artwork put up at the station, so as I’ve never been to the station, I went to look.

I wasn’t that impressed with the artwork. But we do need some stations to be brightened up.

The station itself is of a rather unusual layout, but is clean and tidy, although the disabled entrance is possibly one of the worst in London. However, adding a lift, wouldn’t necessitate a major rebuild.

In fact, the station is one of those, where a clever architect could turn a bad station into an extremely good one, as it has spacious platforms and walk up access from both sides to the footbridge across the station and the tracks.

According to the latest news, the line which currently uses Class 313 trains, is going to be provided with new trains in the next few years.

A good disabled-friendly station coupled with the new trains and good cycle parking might almost make make the station improvements self financing, through more traffic.

Later when I returned to London from my visit to New Southgate, nearly all the passengers who got off the train at Highbury and Islington, crossed onto the Victoria line for trains to Central London. So would an upgraded Bowes Park station take customers away from Bounds Green tube station, which will probably never have lifts?


June 30, 2014 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. Myddelton is much in my mind these days – I am walking the New River!

    Comment by Candy Blackham | July 1, 2014 | Reply

    • It’s always been on my mind, as growing up in Cockfosters, my parents would talk about it, as crossed it in numerous places like Enfield and Winchmore Hill. My grandfather even died in a house by the river.

      I’m not exactly sure, but Joseph Bazalgette may have been brought up near the river. So did it affect his career choice?

      Comment by AnonW | July 1, 2014 | Reply

  2. One good way to get interesting art to look at would be have displays of the work of local school children, changing the display every month or so; obviously 1st names only of children, and behind perspex or similar so the paintings won’t be damaged. anything from tiny children to A level course work could be used. And as art is very accessible to people like me who don’t know much about art.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | July 1, 2014 | Reply

    • This looks a bit as though it was done by schoolchildren. But it doesn’t say so.

      Comment by AnonW | July 1, 2014 | Reply

  3. […] visiting Alexandra Palace station and the Yard Cafe, I took a Hertford North train through Bowes Park and on to Palmers Green […]

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