The Anonymous Widower

The Inclined Lift In An Improved Greenford Station

I visited Greenford station in January 2012, just after Transport for London announced that the last wooden escalator would be replaced with an inclined lift.

The lift has now been installed.

I rode down and then used the escalator up.

It is impressive and you do wonder how many other stations could have this type of lift installed.

This article on the Crossrail web site, entitled Crossrail and TfL to Install First Incline Lifts in UK Public Transport, says this.

Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) today awarded a major contract to Kone for around 50 lifts for the new Crossrail stations as well as five lifts for Bank, Greenford and Hammersmith Tube stations.

Crossrail will pioneer the use of incline lifts to deliver step-free access at two of the major central London stations. Four innovative incline lifts will run alongside escalators at Farringdon and Liverpool Street Crossrail stations where it is not possible to install vertical lifts. London Underground will also install an incline lift at Greenford station by 2014.

My gateway to the Victoria Line; Highbury and Islington could be a possibility, but one of the station staff told me, that the space at the bottom of the current set of two escalators and a fixed staircase is very small and fitting a third escalator is impossible.

But it might be possible to squeeze in a much needed inclined lift. Note that the lift doesn’t intrude into the circulation space at the top and bottom of the stairs.

I suspect that Transport for London will be watching the Greenford installation with more than a usual interest.

They’ve certainly got several stations with both an up and down escalator and a stairway between that could be possibilities for conversion to fully step-free by the use of an inclined lift.

The station I could have used more times than any other; Southgate has the required space between the escalators, but as it is a Grade 2* Listed building, I can’t see the heritage lobby allowing even a well-designed and tasteful inclined lift into the Jewel of the Piccadilly Line.

But Bounds Green, Manor House, Turnpike Lane, Walthamstow Central and Wood Green could be ones to upgrade.

October 22, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. […] my way out from Paddington to Greenford to see the new inclined lift, I took these […]

    Pingback by Progress On The Great Western Main Line – 22nd October 2015 « The Anonymous Widower | October 22, 2015 | Reply

  2. […] liked the inclined lift at Greenford, that I saw […]

    Pingback by Could We See Some Packaged Inclined Lift Applications? « The Anonymous Widower | October 23, 2015 | Reply

  3. […] the superb installation at Greenford, I wonder if stations like these will get inclined lifts in their third […]

    Pingback by Stations For Inclined Lifts « The Anonymous Widower | October 28, 2015 | Reply

  4. […] At Greenford, an inclined lift has been used, as I wrote in The Inclined Lift In An Improved Greenford Station. […]

    Pingback by Stations On The West Ruislip Branch Of The Central Line To Be Made Step-Free « The Anonymous Widower | January 25, 2018 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.