The Anonymous Widower

Before Overground – The Step-Free Access Problem

If you look at stations on the London Overground, where a million or so has been spent on installing lifts or ramps to give step-free access, it would seem that the station needs over a million passengers a year before it is updated.

Some of the stations without step-free access on the Lea Valley Lines, like Bethnal GreenCambridge Heath and Southbury, have nowhere near a million passengers a year.

But then we don’t have before and after usage figures for stations like Camden Road and Hampstead Heath, where lifts have recently been installed. If say lifts and new and longer trains, do raise traffic substantially, it might make the installation of lifts more likely.

One of the problems with these lines is that in many stations the train lines are way above the street, so some of the simple ramps used at stations like Hackney Wick are not possible.

In some places, London Overground might not make the station step-free. Edmonton Green station will soon be step-free and as White Hart Lane is going to be rebuilt in all of the work to create a new ground for Tottenham Hotspur, would it be possible to improve the buses, which are already step-free to serve Silver Street and the North Middlesex Hospital.

It certainly is a complicated problem, with many people not wanting to be down the queue.

September 27, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

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