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Finsbury Park Station – 6th January 2020

Finsbury Park station now has a new entrance on the other side of the tracks.

London’s duck of a station is being turned into a swan.

  • At least one new platform has been added.
  • Buildings and passenger tunnels have been spruced up.
  • Several lifts have been added to the maze of tunnels.
  • Thameslink now runs four trains per hour (tph) through the station.
  • Moorgate services are now eight tph and there is also a weekend service.
  • Nearly all services stopping at the station are run by trains delivered in the last three years.

The new flats will be alongside a comprehensive station.

January 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments

Syon Lane Station – 4th January 2020

These pictures show the current state of the new footbridge at Syon Lane station.

I must admit that ~I’m rather disappointed with the design of this footbridge.

The design is rather utilitarian.

I would have thought, it could have been more integrated with the road bridge. Perhaps that is to be replaced?

Perhjaps it will be better, when it is finished.

I remember, when they started to build it, that land was cleared further up the platforms. Has there been a rethink, in the middle of the project?

January 5, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Feltham Station – 4th January 2020

The platforms appear to have been extended over the level crossing and it looks like the major work left to do, is to finish the bridge and do the landscaping.

This certainly has been a comprehensive project.

January 5, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

The Proposed Development Under Cavendish Square

These pictures show Cavendish Square.

Note

  1. Underneath the square is a very expensive car park
  2. Harley Street, with its medical connections, lies at one cornet.
  3. John Lewis sits on another corner.

It is a very pleasant place to sit and have lunch on a sunny day.

This article on IanVisits is entitled A Shopping Centre Under Cavendish Square?.

Ian details how, plans are emerging to turn the Cavendish Square car park into a shopping centre and medical complex, spread over four floors under a re landscaped Cavendish Square.

Ian also discloses how the square was used as an access point to build the Victoria Line in the 1960s.

This development could change the area in several ways.

  • Cavendish Square could become an even better landscaped garden.
  • The medical complex would be a much-needed modern extension to Harley Street.
  • Could the development be used to create the much-needed step-free access to Oxford Circus station?
  • Would upmarket shoppers be drawn to the development?
  • Could the square become electric vehicles only?

I very much think this development could be a valuable addition to the area.

 

December 30, 2019 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , | 4 Comments

Walking From Cavendish Square To The Marylebone Lane Entrance Of Bond Street Station

I walked from Cavendish Square to the Maylebone Lane entrance Of Bond Street station, taking these pictures as I proceeded.

Note.

  1. It was an easy walk
  2. It took me about seven minutes.
  3. I passed the rear entrances of John Lewis, House of Fraser and Debenhams.

It could be made a bit flatter, by eliminating kerbs

Would this route be a good enough connection between Crossrail and ehe Proposed Development Under Cavendish Square?

Could a pedestrian tunnel be built from Cavendish Square to Marylebone Lane with a travelator?

Or why not just pedestrianise Herietta Street and put a travelator, where the roads used to be?

It’s a big expensive investment under Cavendish Square and they can afford to make it the best.

 

 

December 29, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Oxbourne House Is A Mixed-Use Retail And Residential Project Located On Europe’s Busiest Shopping Street

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Fletcher Priest web site.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The project includes high quality apartments and a prominent retail provision, as well as step-free access to Bond Street Underground and Crossrail Station below, where a new street-level station entrance has been constructed off Marylebone Lane.

Note that Fletcher Priest are the architects.

These pictures show the state of the building on December 29th, 2019.

This Google Map shows the location along Oxford Street.

Note.

  1. Oxbourne House is the building along Oxford street with the ribbed structure on its Western end.
  2. The pedestrianised Marylebone Lane, at the Eastern end of Oxbourne House,  running down towards Oxford Street.
  3. The recently built entrance to Bond Street station is hidden by Oxbourne House.
  4. The Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire hotel on the other side of Marylebone Lane.

This second Google Map shows the wider picture.

Note.

  1. Marylebone Lane and the Radisson Blu hotel are to the left of this map.
  2. Cavendish Square is in the North-East corner of the map.
  3. Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis are in a line to the East of the entrance.

It looks to be a well-placed entrance.

It Gives Rear Entry To The Department Stores 

Will travellers for Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Cavendish Square use the pedestrianised Marylebone Lane and Henrietta Place route, in preference to the crowded route along Oxford Street?

Perhaps if Henrietta Place were to be pedestrianised as well and the signage was clear, many savvy duck-and-divers may be tempted!

I describe the current walking route in Walking From Cavendish Square To The Marylebone Lane Entrance Of Bond Street Station.

Access To Harley Street

The Marylebone Lane/Henrietta Place route gives good access to Harley Street and all its consultants, clinics and facilities.

If as I suspect the route were to be pedestrianised or at least had the kerbs removed,, as the Marylebone Lane entrance to Bond Street station has step-free access to all platforms, Harley Street would have better step-free access to public transport, than many hospitals.

Access To The New Cavendish Square Development

This proposed Cavendish Square Development seems to be mainly upmarket shops and medical facilities like consulting rooms and probably expensive diagnostic equipment.

The access from Bond Street station will be better than to Harley Street.

  • the route will be built step-free.
  • There might only be one road to cross at most.
  • It will be shorter.
  • As an aside, I suspect taxis will be able to drop and collect visitors from inside the development.

I wonder how many consultants will move from Harley Street to the Cavendish Square development.

Conclusion

The new Marylebone Lane entrance to Bond Street station, gives step-free access to an area to the North of Oxford Street

The new entrance also acts as the foundation for Oxbourne House, whose development probably contributed to the creation of the new step-free entrance.

 

December 29, 2019 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greater Anglia Submits Bid to Improve Colchester Station

The title of this post is the same as that as this article on Rail Advent.

Colchester station is a busy station, that handles four and a half million passengers in a year.

The main stations on the Great Eastern Main Line have following passenger numbers in millions.

  • Shenfield – 4 – Fully step-free
  • Ingatestone – 0.8
  • Chelmsford – 8.5 – Fully step-free
  • Hatfield Peverel – 0.4
  • Witham – 2.5 – Fully step-free
  • Kelvedon – 0.8
  • Marks Tey – 0.6
  • Colchester – 4.5 – Partially step-free
  • Manningtree – 1.2 – Fully step-free
  • Ipswich 3.3 – Fully step-free
  • Needham Market – 0.1
  • Stowmarket – 1.0 – Going step-free
  • Diss – 0.7
  • Norwich – 4.4 – Fully step-free

I think it is fairly obvious, that the the very busy Great Eastern Main Line has not been high in the queue for full step-free access.

As the article says, Colchester has a lift on one side of the station, there is only a wheelchair stair lift on a staircase on the other side.

Why did one of the busiest stations on the line get only half a solution?

Probably, a civil servant who lives in leafy Surrey, said “Colchester has two entrances! Their driver can come round! And it’s only East Anglia!”

There are developments, that are happening, that make updated step-free access at Colchester station absolutely essential.

  • Greater Anglia are replacing the train fleet and all those new trains will attrract more passengers.
  • All the new trains are step-free between train and platform.
  • Greater Anglia will be increasing the frequency of trains between Colchester and Stowmarket and probably in other sections of the route as well.
  • Greater Anglia are introducing a new service between Sudbury and Colchester Town. Wheelchair passengers between London and Sudbury will need to change at Colchester, as Marks Tey is not step-free.
  • Greater Anglia is extending the Peterborough and Ipswich service to Colchester. This will surely increase the number of passengers wanting to cross over at Colchester.

The current system will work until three people turn up in wheelchairs at the same time.

Greater Anglia will get it in the neck, when the fault lies with the civil servants’ belief that East Anglia is a backwater that doesn’t need good facilities.

Other Stations

These stations on the Great Eastern Main Line has no step-free access or plans to install it.

  • Ingatestone
  • Hatfield Peverel
  • Kelvedon
  • Marks Tey
  • Needham Market
  • Diss

Note.

  1. Strangely, Ingatestone is probably the most important, as when the line is closed for engineering works, it is used as a bus interchange.
  2. Marks Tey is also important, because of interchange between Sudbury and London. Watch this one as Pritti Patel is the MP.
  3. Diss has had serious disabled access problems in the past.
  4. Needham Market could be difficult, but Stowmarket is an alternative.

All the stations between Liverpool Street and Shenfield will be fully step-free, when Crossrail is completed.

Conclusion

Personally, I feel that the whole Great Eastern Main Line should be made step-free.

 

December 23, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Class 755 Train Details

These pictures are a collection of some of the details of Class 755 trains.

I shall add to this collection of pictures.

If you give me a credit, feel free to use them in anything you write.

December 12, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Truro Station – 19th November 2019

I took these pictures as I changed trains at Truro station yesterday.

Note.

  1. The station has two footbridges, neither of which are step-free.
  2. There are two through platforms and a bay platform for the Maritime Line service to Falmouth Docks.
  3. The frequency of the main lines is two trains per hour (tph).
  4. As the frequency of the Maritime Line is rge same services should connect.

But I had to wait thirty minutes on both my changes at the station.

In some ways for people like me, the lack of a step-free bridge at Truro station is a pain.

In one of my waits, at the station, I was on a cold platform with the coffee shop on the other.

So I skipped coffee, as I didn’t want to spill it getting back over the footbridge.

This Google Map shows Truro station.

Note the level crossing at the Eastern end.

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

So could a factory-built bridge like this be installed at Truro station?

There could be possibilities at the Eastern end, especially, if the level crossing were to be improved.

November 19, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Syon Lane Station – 28th October 2019

Work seems to be progressing slowing on the footbridge at Syon Lane station.

The foundations seem substantial, which perhaps indicates that the bridge won’t be a simple prefabricated one, but more one with brick towers and a heavy steel bridge.

Could this bridge be being built in the same style as the new bridge at Ewell West station, which I described in Ewell West Station Has A New Step-Free Footbridge?

October 28, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment