The Anonymous Widower

Low Moor Station

I arrived at Low Moor station on a direct service from Kings Cross.

As with several other new stations, it has been fairly very well-constructed, but the design has a few failings.

There Are Not Enough Trains

I was at Low Moor station for an hour taking pictures. In that time several local services went throiugh, but then only one train per hour stops in each direction.

At least two and possibly four trains per hour, as at Halifax, should stop.

Passengers on a wet, cold day will soon get fed up with waiting an hour for another train.

Trains to and from Manchester Airport should also stop.

It Is A Very One-Sided Station

The car park and the main access to the station appear to be on the Bradford-bound side of the station.

Lea Bridge station, that I use regularly near where I live, was built like this and you have to leave extra time to catch a train, as you have to cross the tracks on the footbridge, to go in one direction.

However at Ilkeston station, which I wrote about in Ilkeston Station Opens, the station footbridge replaces one that existed before the station was built. Passengers arrive on top of the station and then descend to the appropriate platform. Or they can walk-in at ground level from the car-drop-off areas or car parking on either side of the tracks!

What makes it worse at Lea Bridge station, is that they could have designed the station to have walk-in access from the road bridge over the lines, as the station does not have ticket gates.

There Should Be Ticket Machines On Both Platforms

I didn’t see the ticket machine, when I arrived, but one is not enough.

Imagine, you are in a hurry and have booked on-line for the 07:01 Grand Central train to Kings Cross and need to retrieve a ticket.

Will you be able to park your car, retrieve the ticket and cross the line before the train comes, especially if there is a queue for the sole ticket machine?

Surely too, ticket machines on the platforms are less likely to be vandalised, as CCTV will be expected.

Why Is There No Direct Access Between The Car Park And The Bradford-Bound Platform?

Both Lea Bridge and Ilkeston stations allow walk-in access to the one or both platforms. Why isn’t there a short flight of steps between the car park and the Bradford-bound platform?

I hope it’s not different rules being applied by different councils? It has been allowed at Kirkstall Forge station.

There Should Be Drop-Off/Pick-Up Areas On Both Sides Of The Station

Obviously, this can’t be arranged at all platforms at all stations, but many stations manage it for at least one, with a step-free bridge across the tracks.

Low Moor station doesn’t score well in this.

Poor Access With Bicycles To The Platforms

Cyclists come in all shapes and sizes, but many will find the steps unacceptably steep and will not use this station.

Or put their muddy bikes in the lifts!

Conclusion

It is a well-built, but rather poorly designed station.

I don’t think, it will attract the number of passengers it should!

April 21, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] After Low Moor Station, I went onto Bradford, where I stayed in the City Centre Premier Inn. […]

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