The Anonymous Widower

Working Around The Victoria Line Closure

Today, I wanted to go to IKEA and a decent B & Q, so as both are close to Tottenham Hale station, it required a trip to that station or thereabouts.

The problem is that the Victoria Line is closed past Seven Sisters in August, so they can remove the bottleneck at Walthamstow Central that was part of the cheapskate design of the 1960s. Click here for the full story.

So I couldn’t take my usual route of an Undrground train to Tottenham Hale and a 192 bus.

I decided to go to IKEA first, which is just an easy trip all the way on a 341 bus from perhaps a hundred metres from my house. But as I got to the stop, the 341 whizzed past. Luckily it was followed by a 476 bus, which joins up with the 341 at Northumberland Park and hopefully because of the route it takes will get there first.

So I got the 476 and sat upstairs. I was watching to see if the 341 was behind us as we turned off Tottenham High Road and saw the 341 appear behind.

At the next stop I got off the bus to get the 341, only to see that bus go straight past. Luckily, I was able to get back on the 476, so in the end, I went all the way to Northumberland Park, a couple of stops short of IKEA. The bus information saif I’d haveto wait twenty minutes for a 341, so I walked over the level crossing to the Marigold Road stop for the 192. Again my luck was in, as a 192 had just turned up and they were changing drivers.

Coming back, I was carrying a full IKEA bag, and wanted to get to B & Q at Tottenham Hale for a couple of small bits, so I needed a 192 bus. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a gap in the service, but after about twenty minutes, I’d done my hopping and needed to get home.

So I walked back to Tottenham Hale station, hoping that there was a Hackney Downs train due.

Remarkably there was one in a couple of minutes and I just had time to climb over the bridge to catch it.

At Hackney Downs, the train dropped me on Platform 1, so I could either go down into Hackney Downs station and get a 56 or 38 bus, or use the new walkway to Hackney Central, from where I could get a more numerous 38 bus.

As it was a warm day and there was a lift in the walkway, I decided to take the newly-opened route.

I’m glad I did, as it turned out that due to the wire mesh at the top of the sides of the walkway, it was remarkably cool.

The Hackney Downs/Central Link Is Now Open

I’d surmised it would have been good in wet weather, but I’d never thought I’d be pleased to use it because of the heat.

According to one of the staff to whom I spoke, the walkway is staring to be increasingly well-used as passengers discover it.

I think that we’ll see this type of walkway in other places on the UK rail network.

One thing that helped this morning to get around the Victoria Line closure, which removes a bit chunk of my usual routes to Tottenham and Walthamstow, was London’s superb text message-based bus information system, which like any good system is designed to work on any device that can send and receive text messages.

And it does it all without using any dreaded app.


August 9, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] the upgrade of the crossing at Walthamstow  last summer, the Victoria Line now has a capacity of 33 trains per hour and most trains run all the way between […]

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