The Anonymous Widower

Incident At Dalston Kingsland Station

This article in the Hackney Gazette is entitled Dalston Kingsland: Four in hospital after sparks and smoke cause stampede off train.

As the problem was sorted by the London Fire Brigade using a bucket of sand to extinguish a fire in the battery pack of a workman’s drill, it doesn’t appear to have been very serious.

The injuries seem to have been caused by panic, as passengers tried to get away fro the problem.

I know Dalston Kingsland station well and although the entrance, ticket hall and gateline has been updated, the stairs are not the best.

So did everybody try to get out of the station on these stairs and it was this that caused the injuries?

I think there are questions that have to be asked about the design of the station and its operating procedures.

If you look at the passenger numbers for 2015-16 on the North London Line, you get the following.

  • Canonbury – 2.86million
  • Dalston Kingsland – 5.93million
  • Hackney Central – 5.98million
  • Homerton – 4.65 million
  • Hackney Wick – 2.10million

So the station has a fairly high usage.

At the moment, the Gospel Oak to Barking Line is closed, so is the station getting more passengers, who need to get across London?

It looks to me, that the incident could have been a lot worse.

Luckily it wasn’t, but I do believe that something must be done to improve the stairs at Dalston Kingland station.

 

February 9, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I was in Walthamstow town centre today and popped down Vernon Rd and took a look to see if anything happening. I saw two gantries now in place, no insulators or mounts though. One thing struck me was that the height of the gantries was much higher than the heights of the bridges.

    Comment by Maurice Reed | February 24, 2017 | Reply

  2. Well, the line reopened as planned! Now the c*ck ups have to be sorted.

    Comment by Maurice Reed | February 27, 2017 | Reply

    • I’ve been riding it today!

      James

      Comment by James | February 27, 2017 | Reply


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