The Anonymous Widower

Step-Free Access At Kentish Town Station

On a web page recently, I saw a suggestion about how to add step-free access to Kentish Town station.

The suggestion was that it was too difficult to add it to the Underground station, but why not add it to the Thameslink station?

This Google Map shows the station.

Note the pedestrian bridge across the tracks with steps going down to the platforms.

Adding a lift to each platform would give full step-free access to Thameslink and would give an alternative step-free route to these step-free stations in Central and South London.

  • Kings Cross St. Pancras
  • Farringdon
  • Blackfriars for the South Bank
  • London Bridge
  • Elephant & Castle
  • Denmark Hill
  • Herne Hill
  • Mitcham Eastfield
  • Wimbledon
  • Sutton

The step-free access would be much easier to install, than on the Northern Line platforms.



March 21, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. This would be similar to the new access provided a few years ago at West Hampstead Thameslink. That station now has a new platform access bridge and a new station building to cope with increased passenger numbers. The existing entrance and bridge left in place by popular demand to speed access to platforms from main road and bus stops in some directions.

    Wedt Hampstead Overground also has a new building with lifts, Jubilee station is a bit more challenging unless they create a new entrance and bridge from side road or relocate station back of house space to a new location (overplatform perhaps) to create space for lift installation.

    Comment by MilesT | March 22, 2020 | Reply

  2. I know West Hampstead well!

    Many of those Bakerloo and Jubilee Line stations are prime candidates for fitting in lifts with a bit of clever design.

    Let’s hope architects working from home, are thinking up ways of adding step-free access to large numbers of stations.

    Comment by AnonW | March 22, 2020 | Reply

  3. The footbridge would need complete replacement and the interface with the LU building reconfiguring as it’s got steps inside the building aswell. The Thameslink/MML platforms are really pushed in the peaks even with only 4tph. Honestly it should get more services (interchange with the Northern line is heavily used) but can’t until the station is sorted out.

    Comment by angelmoon117 | March 22, 2020 | Reply

  4. The Mayor of London was asked about making Kentish Town Northern Line Station step free but said this was not possible on cost grounds with no mention of the Thameslink Station.

    Yet both stations are together and making the Thameslink Station accessible would not only connect to the many accessible Thameslink station both north and south but also connects with Northern Line at Kings Cross. St Pancras and London Bridge and the network of lines at these fully accessible stations.

    While treating the full Thameslink project like Crossrail in making all stations on the network accessible step free I feel Central London stations like Kentish Town and Elephant and Castle accessible should have been included.

    Comment by Melvyn | March 22, 2020 | Reply

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