The Anonymous Widower

Before Overground – White Hart Lane

A Station Totally Inadequate For The Area’s Need – Rating 2/10

It’s debatable whether White Hart Lane station is worse than its neighbour Bruce Grove.

Those stairs are a disaster waiting to happen on a match day, especially, when Spurs have built their new stadium.

But if you look at the Tottenham High Road West development plans, all options envisage the station being moved towards the south and connecting it to the new stadium with a wide pedestrian route. Arsenal and Chelsea eat your hearts out!

So I suspect that improvements to the station are on hold, until the stadium is built and all the other plans are sorted.

Incidentally, if the station was to be moved south by a couple of hundred metres,  it would appear that the new station might be able to use the same platforms, but accessing them at the other end. So it wouldn’t have the added problem of demolishing houses and businesses to create the station.

One subsidiary advantage of a station here, that can serve Spurs new stadium, is that it would probably be built with full step-free access. So will this take the pressure off the need to make Bruce Grove and Silver Street stations step free, if the bus routes on Tottenham High Road were improved.

I’ve always believed that the poor quality of public transport in this area of Tottenham is a factor in the crime, vandalism and general unrest. Long term residents of Hackney, including a Police Inspector, have told me they believe that the coming of the Overground and the improved buses has quietened things down in that borough and enabled more young people to get to jobs elsewhere.

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

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