The Anonymous Widower

Petts Wood Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Petts Wood station is on the list.

These pictures show the station.

It was built in 1928 and it is of rather an eccentric design. Not only are there steep steps from the two island platforms, but there are steps up to the bridge.

This is a 3D Google Map of the station.

After visiting and looking at the station for the best part of an hour and seeing these images, there appears to be no obvious solution to making this a step-free station.

At many stations needing step-free access, the solution is to build a new modern bridge with step-free access further down the platform. If at Petts Wood station, this were to be done, there is then the problem of  connecting the new bridge to the station square and the ticket office.

Morrisons supermarket and the gardens of the houses are in the way.

The only solution is probably to replace the current steel bridge with a new one with lifts at each end and to each platform. But in a station that handles over two million passengers a year that would cause tremendous disruption.

I will watch out for the solution that is applied at this station. It will need to be very innovative.

April 10, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Northallerton Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Northalleron station is on the list.

This 3D Google Map shows the station.

Currently to cross the tracks, there is a subway with a steep ramp.

Installing Step-Free Access

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

So could a factory-built bridge like this be installed on the wide platforms?

April 10, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition

The title of this post is the same as that of this page on the Network Rail web site.

This image from the page shows the winning design.

Obviously, it has several passenger friendly features.

  • Safe steps with double-handrails on both sides and a take-a-break step at halfway.
  • Lifts.
  • A covered bridge with good views of the station.

But what I like about it are these design and manufacturing features.

  • The width and height could be easily adjusted for different locations.
  • It could accommodate escalators.
  • Three- and four-platform bridges could follow the same theme.
  • It could be built in a factory and just lifted in a few pieces onto a prepared site.
  • Cost of an installation could be calculated on the back of an engineering envelop or fag-packet.

I also think it is one of those good designs, that will inspire its users and perhaps prompt younger people to take up design or engineering as a career.

A Network Rail Standard Footbridge

If this standard off-the-shelf design or something like it or better was available, how many stations could be given step-free access in the next few years?

As Network Rail sponsored this competition with RIBA, let’s hope they follow through their original initiative.

The footbridge could even have applications outside of the railway industry!

73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

This is the first paragraph.

Selected stations will, subject to a feasible design being possible, receive an accessible route into the station, as well as to and between every platform.

It appears that £300million of additional funding will be used to create full step-free access at seventy-three stations.

Stations That Could Benefit From This Standard Bridge

I have visited several of the stations and I feel that a standard bridge approach could benefit these stations.

I shall add to this list, as I discover more stations, that are suitable.

 

 

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Crowborough Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Crowborough station is on the list.

This Google Map shows the 3D image of the station.

Note.

  • The current bridge is in the North East corner of the map.
  • The platforms were lengthened and refurbished in 2016 to accept ten-car trains.

Crowborough would appear to be a typical well-build ant managed coutry station.

Installing Step-Free Access

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

I think there are three options for using a factory-built bridge like this at Crowborough station.

  1. The new bridge replaces the existing bridge.
  2. A new bridge is placed in a different position and the old one is demolished.
  3. A new bridge is built in addition to the current bridge.

In my view, if the condition of the old bridge is good enough, the third option is preferable.

 

April 10, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment