The Anonymous Widower

A Look At Charing Cross Station

Charing Cross station, is one I don’t use very often for the following reasons.

 

It is very difficult to get to from where I live near Dalston.

All of the services to and from Charing Cross station, call at London Bridge station, which is a simple bus ride away.

I took these pictures on a visit today.

I think it is one of that group of stations, that can be made more welcoming by improving the public realm outside the station.

Perhaps, the forecourt of Charing Cross station, needs a similar treatment to that given to Kings Cross station.

Surely the station’s Eleanor Cross needs to be better displayed.

I also think, that the whole area would benefit, if a pedestrianised space outside Charing Cross station, were to be linked to the nearby Trafalgar Square.

September 26, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

Around Waterloo East Station

In Southern Crossrail, Idiscussed the possibility of creating a direct link from Waterloo across London to London Bridge. The proponents of Southern Crossrail also take about rebuilding Waterloo East station.

So I went to look at the station and took these pictures.

Note.

  • The complex arrangement of high bridges.
  • The highest white bridge is the pedestriain link between the two stations.
  • The red bridge is what remains of the former rail link.
  • It’s about a hundred metres between the two stations, with a slope down to the platforms at Waterloo East station.

This Google Map gives a view from above.

The Link Between Waterloo And Waterloo East Stations

The Link Between Waterloo And Waterloo East Stations

The link is the white-coloured link that goes between the two stations. Don’t confuse it with the two trains in the map.

In the previous post, I said that rebuilding this station could be a project that a quality developer would relish.

But I do think that Southern Crossrail’s dream of connecting Waterloo East and Waterloo stations with a rail link is an impossible dream.

  • There is now a retail balcony at Waterloo station, which was built in 2012 at a cost of £25million. It would need to be demolished.
  • The lift and a couple of escalators  to Waterloo East station are in the middle of where the new track would go at Waterloo station.
  • The residents of the area probably wouldn’t like to have trains trundling through at height.

In the previous post, I said that rebuilding this station could be a project that a quality developer would relish.

Consider.

  • Waterloo East station could be replaced with a better station.
  • There is probably space around and above the station to add some sympathetic development.
  • Escalator and lift connections could link Waterloo East station to the Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines.
  • A full step-free connection could be built between the two Waterloo stations.
  • The current connection to the Jubilee Line at Southwark is poor.
  • The Waterloo and City Line will soon be getting a very good connection at Bank, so why not build a good one one to both Waterloo and Waterloo East.

This is one of those pedestrian links, that can benefit the around seven million or so passengers, who go through Waterloo East station every year.

Given the right financial figures, I think that there could be a developer, who would create the sort of development that residents, passengers and visitors to the area would like.

My ideal station would have the following.

  • Four platforms to match the four platforms 6-9 at London Bridge station.
  • Sympathetic over-site and surrounding development, preferably with affordable housing.
  • Escalator and lift connections to the Underground and Waterloo and City Line.
  • Full step-free access to Waterloo station, which would probably use the current entrance on the balcony.
  • Better passenger facilities at Waterloo East station.
  • A proper passenger entrance on Waterloo Road for Waterloo East station.
  • The ability to handle an increased number of trains from the current fourteen trains per hour between London Bridge and Charing Cross stations.

All of this would probably be more affordable, than rebuilding Waterloo station.

 

 

 

September 26, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , | 1 Comment