The Anonymous Widower

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.


  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.


  • 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 | , , ,

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