The Anonymous Widower

Stairs And A Lift At Cannon Street Station

These pictures show stairs and a lift at Cannon Street station, that provide access between the National Rail and Underground stations.

In my view this is one of the best installations, that I’ve seen.

  • There is a lift for those who need one.
  • The stairs are wide with an additional central hand-rail.
  • The hand-rails are double and covered in comfy blue plastic.

This may be impressive, but as yet, there is only a full step-free connection to the Eastbound platform.Underground.

Obviously, all railway stations should be step-free, but to do all stations in the UK in a short time would be expensive and probably disruptive too!

But one thing that can be done at many stations, is to improve the hand-rails.

One of the worst stations near me, is Dalston Kingsland station, which was rebuilt a few years ago with a narrow staircase to each platform.

There has already been an incident at the busy station, where four people were hurt, as reported in this article on City AM.

Were the narrow stairs partly to blame?

December 9, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Its worth remembering that these improvements were privately funded as part of the rebuilding of Cannon Street Station and thus money was not limited in the same way as with publicly funded schemes.

    As you mention it only makes the westbound station step free but I do remember suggestions that a Subway could be built beneath Cannon Street with a lift up to the eastbound platform but it would have to be TfL funded and the then Mayor didn’t come up with the money. Oddly when you use the lift from street to platform level you can see another level so whether that was for the proposed subway?

    Eastbound passengers seem doomed on Cannon Street given the new Walbrook entrance to Bank Station is next to this platform but has been built without a link to the platform via the new lift to the Waterloo and City Line and indeed Bank Station .

    Comment by Melvyn | December 9, 2018 | Reply

    • I know it was privately funded, but the quality of the lifts is the same as those at Newbury Park and the whole installation is up there with London Bridge or Kings Cross.

      As to connecting to the Walbrook Bank exit, it is not a bad walk from Bank to Cannon Street to go East or vice-versa.

      But connecting to the West is the problem.

      I suspect TfL have been mining passengers’ routes and find that few people go from East London to Waterloo using the District Line.

      My route from Cannon Street to Dalston is now to enter Bank station at Walbrook and then use the up-travelator, before walking about a hundred metres to the bus.

      When the new Bank station fully opens, I’ll go into Bank station using the Cannon Street entrance, use the new travelator and exit Bank station to get the bus.

      Remember Londoners are the World Ducking and Diving Champions!

      Comment by AnonW | December 9, 2018 | Reply


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