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Birmingham’s Four-Poster Station

When I put forward the concept of a Four Poster Station, I was kite flying and didn’t know one had already been built.

Smethwick Galton Bridge station has been built where the electrified New Street to Wolverhampton Line crosses the Snow Hill to Worcester Line. This is a Google Map of the station.

Smethwick Galton Bridge Station

Smethwick Galton Bridge Station

Note the pyramids on top of each of the four lifts.

New Street is towards the South East, with Wolverhampton to the North West.

Worcester is to the South West with Snow Hill to the North East

I just had to go and see the station and took these pictures.

Considering it was opened in 1995, it was pretty radical for the time.

But it seemed to be working well, when I saw the station in the middle of the rush hour.

I do think, if they were building a station like this today, the various platforms and walkways would be made wider and if one was on the London Overground, they would leave spaces to put coffee stalls, passenger shelters and staff refuges. It probably illustrates how much more people friendly new stations are compared with twenty years ago.

I have a feeling that the design principles used here might be used at Brockley, Brixton and Penge.

But how many other places in the UK and perhaps the wider world could copy the basically simple design principles used here in Smethwick.

 

 

August 5, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. […] Conventional thinking says that these interchanges will be difficult to build, but Birmingham has already created a station that solves this problem at Smethwick Galton Bridge. […]

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  2. […] looking at Smethwick Galton Bridge station or as I called it,  Birmingham’s Four-Poster station, I do feel that a good architect could design a station, that solved the challenging problem of the […]

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  4. […] Penge And Brockley Station Improvements – There are rumours that these stations will be improved to create better links to South East London. There are design challenges, but they are in TfL’s plans and Birmingham solved a similar problem at Smethwick Galton Bridge station. […]

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  5. […] London Overground passing across and going over the top of Loughborough Junction station. Surely a four-poster station could be built to improve the connectivity. For a start, it would give Dalstonistas like me, good […]

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  7. […] which had platforms on all lines and they were connected by lifts. I have called this arrangement A Four-Poster Station in the […]

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