The Anonymous Widower

Do Escalators Attract Passengers?

 

These are passenger figures from 2016 in millions on the London Underground’s Victoria Line

  • Walthamstow Central – 22.77
  • Blackhorse Road – 8.45
  • Tottenham Hale – 13.21
  • Seven Sisters – 19.61
  • Finsbury Park – 32.74
  • Highbury & Islington – 20.22
  • Warren Street – 20.35
  • Pimlico – 11.49
  • Vauxhall – 32.23
  • Stockwell – 11.42
  • Brixton – 33.46

Note.

  1. I have left out the very busy stations which are major interchanges like Kings Cross St. Pancras, Euston, Oxford Circus, Green Park and Victoria.
  2. Perhaps the figures for Finsbury Park, Stockwell and Warren Street, should be divided by two, as these stations have two lines.
  3. Most stations have connections to National Rail services.

Brixton and Vauxhall only have indirect connections to National Rail, but they have a higher number of passengers compared to say Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington and Walthamstow Central, which all have direct connections.

But these two stations have three escalators.

Seven Sisters seems to attract more passengers, than Tottenham Hale.

But then it is double-ended!

So does more escalators at a station increase the number of passengers using the station?

It is also worth looking at single line stations with no connection to National Rail stations on both sides of the Euston Rpad.

Again the figures are for 2016 in millions.

  • Angel – 20.10 – Three escalators
  • Archway – 9.94 – Escalators
  • Chalk Farm – 5.61 – Lifts
  • Covent Garden – 17,19 – Lifts
  • Euston Square – 14.40 – Stairs and a lift to one platform
  • Goodge Street – 8.46 – Lifts
  • Great Portland Street – 9.86 – Stairs
  • Mornington Crescent – 5.04 – Lifts
  • Regent’s Park 3.35 – Lifts
  • Russell Square – 12.36 – Lifts

Note.

  1. Angel and Archway have been rebuilt to replace lifts with escalators and they show higher usage.
  2. I’d love to have before and after figures for these two stations.

This is only a crude analysis, but I’m certain it shows that stations with escalators have higher passenger numbers.

It could also be, that London Transport, knew where the passengers would go and built stations they felt would be busy accordingly.

They certainly put a lot of escalators on the Northern extension of the Piccadilly Line.

These are 2016 for the stations.

  • Cockfosters – 2.04 – Stairs
  • Oakwood – 2.88 – Stairs and Lift
  • Southgate – 5.65 – Escalators
  • Arnos Grove – 4.65 – Stairs
  • Bounds Green – 6.62 – Escalators
  • Wood Green – 13.20 – Escalators
  • Turnpike Lane – 10.98 – Escalators
  • Manor House – 9.12 – Escalators

Note.

  1. I think it can be said, that this section of the Piccadilly Line did very well to get the access right.
  2. The catchment areas of the five Northernmost stations overlap and many travellers will use different stations depending on how they feel.
  3. Southgate attracts more passengers than the two adjoining stations.
  4. Wood Green and Turnpike Lane are the busiest stations as they connect to the shops at Wood Green and lots of buses.
  5. Only Cockfosters has car parking.

I think at the end of the line, the escalators draw passengers.

Escalators And The Disabled, Elderly, Buggy Pushers and Suitcase Draggers

There’s also no doubt, that a large proportion of the many passengers in these categories can handle an escalator, even if they have problems with stairs.

Conclusion

My crude data isn’t good enough to draw a firm conclusion, but I suspect Transport for London know the answer.

If escalators do attract passengers, surely transport operators should install more of them.

 

December 30, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Living in Walthamstow and commuting via the Vic I always thought Walthamstow Central should have have the third escalator, especially for the rush hours. There is talk of an additional entrance being built but I am not holding my breath.

    Comment by mauricegreed | December 30, 2018 | Reply

    • Money has been allocated by TfL for the additional entrance in a rebuilt shopping centre.

      What annoys me about the station, is the lack of information about the next Overground trains as you walk through to the London-bound platform. If I’ve just missed one, I will take Dear Old Vicky. But you don’t know until you arrive on the platform.

      Comment by AnonW | December 30, 2018 | Reply


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