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Chatham 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.

Chatham station is on the list.

These pictures show the station.

This Google Map shows the station.

Note.

  1. The station building is above the tracks.
  2. There are two staircases from the building to each platform.
  3. The platforms are reasonably wide.

It might not be an easy station to provide full step-free access.

Installing Step-Free Access

This Google Map shows the Eastern side of the station building.

You can just see the stairs at the back of the building.

In stations with similar layouts, Network Rail have built new stairs and lift structures, like these at New Cross Gate station.

Could something similar be squeezed in at Chatham station?

It would be difficult but podssible, in a station that handles nearly three million passengers per year.

April 17, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Herne Bay 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.

Herne Bay station is on the list.

These pictures show the station and the current subway.

This Google Map shows the station.

Note.

  1. The station has two platforms, with a closed third platform.
  2. The Eastbound platform is Platform 2, with the Westbound platform numbered 1.
  3. The two platforms are connected by a very bad subway, with steep stairs at either end.
  4. There are three trains per hour (tph) in both directions through the station.

Whilst I was at the station, there were three guys with bikes using the trains.

Consider.

  • In my experience, coastal stations attract visitors with buggies and bikes.
  • There are a higher proportion of older passengers.
  • Good weather can increase passenger numbers.

It is without doubt the sort of smaller station on the coast, that needs step-free access.

Installing Step-Free Access

When I first saw the subway, I thought it could be possible to just add a lift at each end.

But looking at the station and the pictures on this page, I wonder if a bridge would be better.

  • The subway is rather cramped and might not be wide enough for a large wheelchair or buggy to pass another.
  • Digging the lift shafts would probably close the subway for at least a few weeks.
  • There appears to be space at the Eastern end of the station for a bridge.
  • Adding a bridge wouldn’t interfere with the siubway operation.
  • If the station had both a bridge and a subway, the extra capacity would be welcome and might help reliability.

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

Could a factory-built bridge like this be used at Herne Bay station?

  • The bridge would be designed to fit.
  • Platform 2 would probably need to be widened, so passengers could pass the steps to get to the lift.

I think it could be made to work very well!

 

 

April 17, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

A Better News Day For New Trains

Yesterday, was a better news day for new trains, with articles with these headlines.

All are significant for passengers.

Class 710 Trains

The authorisation of the Class 710 trains is particular importance to me, as they will be running locally to where I live.

It will be a couple of months before they enter passenger service.

But the trains have mainly been delayed by software problems and now that appears to have been fixed and as there are twenty trains already built, I could see them entering service, as soon as drivers have been trained.

It should be noted that eight trains are needed for the Gospel Oak to Barking Line and six for the Watford DC Line, so if twenty have been built, I would expect that these two routes could be converted to the new trains by the summer.

Class 801 Trains

LNER’s Class 801 trains will be a significant introduction, as they will enable the cascade of the Mark 4 coaches to other operators, like Trains for Wales and East Midlands Railway.

April 17, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croy 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.

Croy station is on the list.

These pictures show the station and the current bridge,

This Google Map shows the station.

Note how the car parking is on the Glasgow-bound side of the tracks.

So after a hard day’s work, shopping, watching football or just at leisure in Glasgow, to get back to your car at Croy station, you will need to climb up and down steep steps.

The station desperately needs a well designed bridge to give passengers and especially the less able to get back to the car parking.

Installing Step-Free Access

This Google Map shows an enlarged view of the platforms in the Glasgow direction.

Note how the disabled parking spaces are close to the station building and the Glasgow-bound platform.

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

Could a factory-built bridge like this be used at Croy station?

Looking at the Google Map, it might even be possible to fit the bridge between the two overhead gantries for the electrification, which are visible!

It appears to me, that Network Rail’s competition has come up with an adaptable and very practical design.

April 17, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Former Gasworks Turning Into Entertainment Venue

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on IanVisits.

This is the first paragraph.

Four giant warehouses and an empty field — a former gasworks in Tottenham — is to become a new entertainment venue.

These are some points about the venue.

  • Four interlinked warehouses capable of holding 10,000 people.
  • Ten acres of outdoor space.
  • Close to the soon-to-be-opened Meridian Water station.
  • It will be know as the Drumsheds.

The first event will be the Field Day on June 7-8, 2019.

This Google Map shows the location of the site.

Note.

  1. The blue-roofed shed in the North-East corner of the map, will be the centrepiece.
  2. The site is bordered on the West by Pymmes Brook and on the East by the Lea Navigation Canal.
  3. The grass area South of the sheds must be the outdoor space.
  4. Meridian Water station is perhaps four-hundred metres to the West.
  5. There’s even an IKEA and a large Tesco, for those who don’t want to hump their tent and food from hundreds of miles away.

Could this be the first of a new style of entertainment venue?

In some ways, this venture brings me back to the vibrant music scene in the area, where I grew up, just a few miles to the North-West.

Artists from the sixties, that I saw in the area included.

  • Adam Faith
  • Animals
  • Chuck Berry
  • Joe Brown
  • John Mayall with a very drunk Eric Clapton
  • Nashville Teens
  • Rolling Stones

But no venue was bigger than the large Regal Edmonton cinema, which held perhaps a few hundred!

After the recent opening of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, this is surely more good news for the area, which has had its troubles over the last few years.

 

April 17, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment