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Will Walthamstow Central Station On The Victoria Line Be Expanded?

This post is prompted by this article on London Reconnections, which looks at Transport for London’s World Class Capacity Upgrades for the Victoria, Jubilee and Northern Lines.

After 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 Walthamstow Central and Brixton stations.

Sometime this year the limit will be further increased to 36 tph, which will be a very high limit considering the design of the line.

The London Reconnections article says this about future upgrades.

With the Victoria line pushing towards what must be the theoretical limit for a line with that amount of rolling stock and – more importantly – two-platform termini, there are no plans to further improve the service. Indeed the challenge of procuring more trains and finding the depot space for them would probably discourage any such plans on its own. This does not mean that the line will be forgotten, as both Oxford Circus and Walthamstow Central are on TfL’s top ten hit list of stations in need of a major capacity upgrade. Simply that the days of pushing more trains through the same stations more quickly have passed. In the case of Walthamstow Central it is highly likely that the next step will be making the station double-ended, with an entrance near or in the shopping centre.

Certainly with just two escalators, Walthamstow Central station can be busy with both working. At the moment it is on my list of stations to avoid, as one of the escalators is being replaced.

Is the idea of creating a double-ended station at Walthamstow Central worth pursuing?

Look at this map from carto.metro.free.fr, which shows the lines at the station.

Walthamstow Central Lines

Walthamstow Central Lines

So it would appear that the Victoria Line platforms could be somewhere under the bus station and the shopping centre.

It certainly isn’t an impossible dream to create a second entrance to the Victoria Line platforms.

Walthamstow Central station was one of London Transport’s economy stations. Wikipedia says this.

The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was never completely finished. White ceiling panels were never fixed to the ceilings above the platforms; instead the steel tunnel segments were painted black and used to support the fixtures and fittings. This has had a detrimental effect on the lighting levels. There is a concrete stairway between the two escalators instead of a third escalator; this caused a hugely disruptive station closure for several weeks in 2004 when both escalators went out of service.

It would be hoped that any upgrade of the station finishes the 1960s era construction.

But surely creating a double-ended station is the way to go.

  • It would take the pressure off the passageways in the existing station.
  • The existing station is not step-free and there is no deep lift.
  • If the second entrance had two escalators and lifts, it would give a lot of redundancy in platform access.
  • There is plenty of space in the shopping centre for a new entrance.

Passengers interchanging with the Chgingford Brancxh Line and those interchanging with buses or going shopping, could possibly be persuaded by good design to use appropriate and different entrances.

Conclusion

It’s feasible.

But the biggest advantage is surely that by planning carefully, the second entrance can be built around the current station, without disrupting passenger entrance and exit.

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