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It’s Not April The First

This story could be titled Architect Benedict O’Looney Discovers Lost Victorian Waiting Room In Peckham.

But in their article the BBC has used Peckham Rye station’s ‘lost’ waiting room to re-open after 50 years.

This is said.

It was once considered to be one of the grandest station waiting rooms in South London, but for decades the space at Peckham Rye railway station was bricked up and forgotten about.

Now Network Rail and a group of enthusiasts are on the brink of opening its doors after 55 years.

The Grade II listed Victorian building was designed by architect Charles Henry Driver and opened in 1865.


I took these pictures on a summer evening.

It’s definitely a building with potential that needs imagination.

Look at the video in the BBC article and then will you believe that this post is not a joke.


June 15, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Between Walthamstow Queen’s Road And Leyton Midland Road Stations

These pictures show the Gospel Oak and Barking Line (GOBlin) between Walthamstow Queen’s Road and Leyton Midland Road stations.

This part of the route isn’t as interesting as the section I covered in The Bridges Of Walthamstow.


  • In my peek at Walthamstow Queen’s Road station, nothing much seemed to have happened at the station.
  • The track in the Gospel Oak direction appears to have been removed and track replacement seemed to be happening in the region of the Baker’s Arms Bridge.
  • The cutting is well-buttressed between the Shrubland Road Bridge and the relatively-new Alobert Road Bridge
  • You can see pairs of piles for electrification gantries east of Queen’s Road Bridge.
  • The embankment that carries the line through North East London appears to start around the Boundary Road Bridge.
  • The railway arches don’t seem to be in the worst of conditions, even if they do have a touch of the Arthur Daley’s.

What I find strange about this line is the lack of a station at Bakers Arms. It’s not that there ever was one, but as the line crosses the major Lea Bridge Road and on this line, that is usually a good enough reason for a station, I’m surprised the Victorians didn’t build one.

The Barking Gospel Oak Rail User Group suggest one in this page on their web site.

There may be a lot of reasons to build a station at Bakers Arms.

  • It is near to several new hotels and housing developments.
  • It is better positioned than the two adjoining stations.
  • It is well served by lots of buses.
  • It is on a busy main road.

But contrary to that.

  • The buses can take you to the better connected stations of Walthamstow Central and Lea Bridge, in under fifteen minutes.
  • It might be a difficult site on which to build a station.
  • Reopening the Hall Fsrm Curve may be a better option.

It should probably have been built, when one of the adjoining developments was constructed.

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 7 Comments

‘Wheelchair vs. Buggy’ Case Goes To The Supreme Court

The latest in this story from Wetherby is in this article on the BBC, which is entitled Supreme Court to hear ‘wheelchair vs buggy’ bus case.

I think it is interesting that this case comes from Wetherby, which I suspect doesn’t have such an intensive bus service as I have here in London or as there is in Manchester, Newcastle or Liverpool.

In London, I have never seen an argument over the wheelchair space on a bus, although I have seen some severe, but helpful reorganising, when a wheel-chair needs to be accommodated.

In London because bus frequencies are higher and there are generally shelters these days, I would suspect that most people, be they able-bodied, in a wheel-chair or with a buggy, accept that they may have to wait for the next bus.

But if there is only one bus an hour, it’s chucking it down and there’s no shelter, it’s more likely that passengers will refuse to co-operate.

So one way to mitigate problems like this, is to provide a better bus service, with more buses, better shelters and improved information.

But that all costs money!

I am not disabled, although I don’t drive because of an eyesight problem. I also because of my stroke, could have ended up in a wheelchair, so I sympathise, with those who have to use a wheelchair or electric buggy to get about.

I regularly, see passengers in wheelchairs use London buses, with their central entrance/exit, which leads straight into the wheelchair space. The design, also means the driver can deploy the ramp and do everything they need without leaving the cab. In loading a wheelchair, I’ve also seen buggy-pushers take advantage of the deployed ramp to get out of the bus to fold the buggy before getting back on.

But outside of London, where often the wheelchair user has to get in the front entrance by the driver, this creates all sorts of delays and I’ve seen on a crowded bus, virtually everybody on the lower-deck get off, to allow the wheelchair to pass through.

I wonder if outside of London, there is more resentment of wheel-chair users on buses, than there is in the capital.

In my view, all new buses should be designed for central wheelchair entrance/exit as this is so much more efficient.

I once had a discussion with a Manchester Buses union rep on a Manchester bus. He was all for the London system of no-money-on-buses, with a front entrance and central-exit passenger flow, as it cut attacks on staff.

Since then, London has gone even further and now with the ability to use any contactless bank card as a ticket, London now has one of the most advanced bus-ticketing system in the world.

We need a standardised bus-system all over the UK. It might actually encourage more people to use this often-neglected form of public transport, which would generate more revenue for a better system.

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 7 Comments