The Anonymous Widower

The New White Hart Lane Station Opens

The new White Hart Lane station opened on Monday and I went along this morning and took these pictures.

Some points about the design.

  • The station has three entrances on the stadium side and two on the other.
  • Materials used include terracotta pots and weathered steel.
  • There is a pedestrian tunnel under the railway for those that don’t want to use the trains.
  • There are two sets of stairs to both platforms
  • There are lifts to both platforms.
  • The station can probably handle twelve-car Class 710 trains if required on match days.
  • There are solar panels on the roof.
  • The station  must have some of the tallest overhead electrification gantries in the UK.

From what one of the project managers told me, it appears that the station was built by cleaning, refurbishing and strengthening the viaduct and then erecting an independent steel frame on either side to form the station.

It looks like a technique that could be used on other stations on viaducts.

It’s certainly a better station with a larger capacity, than the previous one, that I used many times back in the 1960s.

The old station is to be demolished, at some point in the future.

Conclusion

It is an excellent station, that should serve its main function of getting supporters to and from Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

But will the station and the soon-to-arrive new trains have other effects.

  • As I said earlier, the design could be repeated with different cladding for other stations on viaducts.
  • I believe that good public transport infrastructure tends to calm crime and anti-social behaviour. Only the statistics will give a verdict.
  • Will the passenger numbers rise through the station?
  • Will the station and the stadium attract some better class retain premises and cafes, as the Emirates has done?

And perhaps most importantly! Tottenham Hotspur now has two new stations to serve the ground! Will this reduce the congestion caused by large crowds?

 

August 28, 2019 - Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Imagine all this extra capacity just to accommodate all the fans from their north London rivals !

    As to using this technique at other stations well a number of the stations on the West Anglia Network are similar to White Hart Lane with platforms way above street level and so this way of building and adding lift access might be suitable for a number of local stations on Anglia and Overground network.

    I notice yet again we have a Station which opens without completion of lifts just like at West Hampstead Overground Station.

    Comment by Melvyn | August 28, 2019 | Reply

    • Add Tottenham Hale to stations with late lift opening. It could be a lack of engineers to sign them off!

      Comment by AnonW | August 28, 2019 | Reply


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