The Anonymous Widower

Is Turnpike Lane Tube Station Going Step-Free?

I took these pictures as I passed through Turnpike Lane station today.


  1. The blue hoardings are at the London end of the Northbound platform.
  2. There are no other blue hoardings at platform level.
  3. The yellow gates are on the bus station side of the station.
  4. A lift on the surface behind the yellow gates would be convenient for the buses and just round the corner from a light-controlled crossing of the busy Green Lanes.
  5. I couldn’t find any other evidence of work.

This Google Map shows the station.


  1. The station block in the North-West corner of the map.
  2. Green Lanes runs North-South to the West of the station.
  3. There is a bus on Green Lanes by the station.
  4. The spine of the bus station to the East of the station.
  5. The pedestrian crossing between the Underground station and the bus station at the Northern end of the spine.
  6. The wide pavements to give access to the light-controlled crossing over Green Lanes and the bus stops on the road.

This second map from carto metro, shows the track layout through the station.

Note that the escalators to the platforms are to the North of the platforms and connect to a lobby between middle of the two platforms,

Could this mean that using traditional tunneling on the London-end of Platform 2 allows access to what appears to be a generous space between the two platforms and their associated tracks?

It looks to my untrained eye, that a lift shaft could be dug in this area.

But there is no reference to step-free access at Turnpike Lane station anywhere on the internet.


This could be a simple scheme to add step-free access to another of the stations on the Northern section of the Piccadilly Line.

  • At present, Cockfosters, Oakwood, Finsbury Park and Caledonian Road stations are already step-free.
  • Southgate station could be difficult, but it does have bus connections to some of the stations with step-free access.
  • Arnos Grove station is a surface station, where there will be a major housing development on the car park. So I would expect, that this could be one of the next to be planned for step-free access.
  • The track and escalator layout might make Wood Green station difficult to make step-free. But it does have lots of buses to Turnpike Lane station.
  • I’ve never used Bounds Green station, but it does appear that a Turnpike Lane solution might be possible.
  • Manor House station has so many exits, that full step-free access could be expensive. But if it were to be decided that it should be step-free, I feel there could be an innovative solution.

It should be noted that all these stations, with the exception of Manor House are Grade II or Grade II* Listed.

As all road crossings at Manor House are controlled by lights, perhaps the solution at the station, is to replace one or more of the many exits with a lift.

June 10, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. ‘Never used Bounds Green station’ Frankly AW I am shocked! 🙂 I grew up equidistant from this little backwater and Arnos Grove station… may I suggest you rectify this omission from your very long list of places you have visited, take a train to Bowes Park, a stroll to Bounds Green station, then back home for your strawberries …

    Comment by PJS | June 10, 2021 | Reply

  2. Whatever was planned is unlikely to go ahead given TFL present financial position given how much cheaper step free access schemes have been put on hold .

    Comment by Melvyn | June 11, 2021 | Reply

    • I would agree,

      In addition, if it was step-free access, where’s the mayor’s press release?

      It’s not a South London project.

      It could be power cable replacement of waterproofing a ventilation shaft.

      TfL might have found a problem, when they looked at the station for Crossrail 2.

      On the other hand, it would be the only way to make the station step-free with one lift, as there are stairs from the barriers to all the exits.

      Comment by AnonW | June 12, 2021 | Reply

  3. Based on my knowledge of Arnos Grove, the stairs are oddly descending gradually from the station entrance, which means there cannot just be two lifts serving the platforms unless a new entrance is constructed.

    Comment by Vincent Koh | June 12, 2021 | Reply

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