The Anonymous Widower

Access Issues At Crofton Park Station

I was alerted to the problems of access to trains at Crofton Park station, by a reader to this blog who commented here.

So as I was passing through, I decided to stop and take a few pictures.

The pictures are in order, as I walked around the station.

  • I walked to the Southern end of Platform 2.
  • I used the step-free access to exit the station.
  • I walked across the railway on the nearby road bridge on Ley Grove.
  • I entered the station using the step-free access at the Southern end of Platform 1

There wasn’t one step on the route.

These are my comments on various issues at the station.

The Simple Step-Free Access

The simple step-free access on the Southbound Platform 2 is shown in full.

Both platform access paths are similar and easy, although there is a slope up to Ley Grove and the bridge across the railway.

This Google Map shows the Platform 2 access.

The wide platform, the two contactless card readers and the seat by the entrance can clearly be seen.

It is a simple design that seems to be well-used by passengers. And not just those who need step-free access.

This type of entrance may work well in London, because contactless ticketing is commonplace. But would it work all stations, where ticket checking is non-existent or a ticket needs to be purchased before getting n the train?

Bad Signage

The locals will know about the entrances, but surely better signage is needed from the road across the bridge to these two entrances.

Steps To The Main Entrance

These are pretty typical of Victorian stations and are fairly long and steep.

I suspect passengers with access problems take care in planning their journeys

Platform To Train Access

The Southbound access is not too bad and is a typical step common all over London, but Northbound access is high with a chasm between the platform and the train.

The Google Map shows the reason.

 

Partly the reason is the curve of the railway line and the platforms, which rules out the standard solution of a Harrington Hump in the middle of platform, which is usually placed correctly by Thameslink to be by the wheelchair bays on the Class 700 train.

I think the map also shows that to straighten the line through the station would be a major undertaking and probably mean closing the station and the railway line for a couple of weeks.

But as a lady said to me, a friend of hers fell into the chasm.

Perhaps the only solution is to have a powered wheel-chair lift like a fork-lift truck, as the Germans do at some stations.

One on each platform and staff to man it would probably be more affordable than rebuilding the station.

There may also be an alternative solution for walk-through trains like the Class 700 train or London Overground’s Class 378 train.

This picture shows the Southern end of Platform 2,, with a train alongside.

Note that the end of the platform is straighter.

Why not put the Harrington Hump, in this position?

  • It would be alongside the step-free access to the station.
  • It would not be a major construction.
  • It could perhaps be twenty metres long.
  • It helps that all trains stopping at Croftton Park station are eight-car trains.
  • Phone apps to instruct passengers what to do at particular stations are getting better and more comprehensive.

As the trains are walk-through, passengers can move forwards the front before arrival,  if they are getting out at Crofton Park station.

Conclusion

Crofton Park station’s simple method of step-free access icould be used at many stations.

But we also need a method to deal with the curved platform problem and the chasms, it creates.

April 21, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | ,

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