The Anonymous Widower

Train-Platform Interface On Platform 1 At Willesden Junction

Access to trains at Willesden Junction station can be difficult for some people.

I took these pictures of the access between train and platform for a Bakerloo Line train at Platform 1.

It is a step down from the platform of at least twenty centimetres.

These for a Watford DC Line train are not much better.

Once at this station, an elderly Indian lady in a sari was getting off one of these trains. She shouted something like “Catch me!” and jumped. Luckily, I caught her and it was smiles all round.

Of the ten stations that are shared by both services, it appears that only Queen’s Park has level access for both services.

These stations are an accident waiting to happen.

November 3, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. From my experience in the mining industry, I suspect that the rail height has crept up over the years. It is much easier to raise the track when water starts to effect the track stability rather than digging all the old ballast and drains out.

    Comment by Ben | November 3, 2021 | Reply

  2. Queens Park Station has the distinction of these lines having separate platforms with cross platform interchange ( The station is supposed to getting lifts under Access for All but when who knows.) it’s north of here the railways come together and problems of different heights of trains and platforms arises .

    I reckon someone needs to decide to make the platforms fit one size of trains preferably the Overground given that has far more step free stations and has trains built with wheelchair spaces and of course goes further than the Bakerloo Line .

    Comment by Melvyn | November 3, 2021 | Reply

    • I’m putting a post together.

      Comment by AnonW | November 3, 2021 | Reply

  3. […] The nine shared stations often have considerable steps up and down, as at Willesden Junction station, which is shown in Train-Platform Interface On Platform 1 At Willesden Junction. […]

    Pingback by Would It Be Possible For The Bakerloo And Watford DC Lines To Use The Same Trains? « The Anonymous Widower | November 4, 2021 | Reply

  4. Not as big as the jump from the [very eventually] withdrawn Pacers at any station!

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | November 4, 2021 | Reply

    • Looking at my pictures of Pacers, at least most seem to have well-designed diagonal handrails.

      Comment by AnonW | November 4, 2021 | Reply

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