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South Tottenham station changes: what do you think?

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Changes are planned at South Tottenham station, which has seen a large increase in passengers over recent years. It is now the busiest intermediate station after Blackhorse Road on the Gospel Oak – Barking Overground line.

Plans under the “Access for all” scheme would see the introduction of lifts to platform level and the installation of automatic ticket barriers. This is a welcome continuation of TfL’s provision of step-free access, such as the new lifts at Gospel Oak station and .

The Barking – Gospel Oak Line User Group (BGOLUG) has raised concerns about the specifics of the current plan, and would like to hear the views of users of South Tottenham station.

The Group has considered the impact of the plans, in discussion with TfL and others, and has raised some potential problems. They include:

  • • the creation of a “chicane effect” in the footpath to/from the street entrance, that will cause much congestion and conflict during peak times
  • • the proposed “gangway” between the lift doors and the top of the platform 2 ramp is likely to be quickly effected by the expected platform extensions
  • • the reduction in size of the shelter and removal of seating on platform 1
  • • the lack of space for the proposed ticket line or additional ticket machines

BGOLUG believes that the current proposals for lift towers and a gate line at South Tottenham are fundamentally flawed and should not proceed due to the potential safety risks in impeding passenger flow and obstructed sightlines through the station and reductions in covered waiting accommodation

The Group proposes an alternative siting for the lifts, avoiding these problems. They believe the ticket barriers could only implemented if the ticket office was reopened. Sadly though this might involve the closure of La Fonda De Maria which currently rents the old office.

The Group have produced a short  document on the Proposed Access for All Works & Gateline at South Tottenham Station [PDF] explaining the plans and their concerns.

What do you think? Leave a comment here or email your views to Glenn Wallis, Assistant Secretary of the Barking – Gospel Oak Line User Group via info@barking-gospeloak.org.uk

South Tottenham stn look east

South Tottenham former building

Picture (top): Stacey Harris [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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