The Anonymous Widower

Before Overground – Stairs Not Fit For Purpose

I’ve now visited a good proportion of the stations on the Lea Valley Lines, that will be handed over to London Overground in May next year.

One factor that is constant across many of the stations is the atrocious stairs. Look at this staircase at Bethnal Green.


Stairs At Bethnal Green

Stairs At Bethnal Green

It is truly dreadful. Sadly it is not a lone example, but one of many I’ve seen.

  1. The stairs are steep and rather long.
  2. There is no second rail.
  3. There is no middle rail making it a double and much-safer staircase.
  4. The surface is probably slippery when wet.

As it costs upwards of a million to put in a pair of lifts, many stations that need improving will not get much work done.

The best that can be hoped for, is an innovative and systematic approach that reduces the cost of step-free access.

September 29, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] But there are loads like this monstrosity at Bethnal Green station in Before Overground – Stairs Not Fit For Purpose. […]

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