Disability access/Lift on Bowes Park Train station - would this be worth campaigning for?


This is something I have been thinking for a while. As it keeps niggling in the back of my head I would like to know the view of other residents in the area:

Campaigning to/with First Capital Connect to fit the Bowes Park Station with a disability access in the form of a built in lift from the top of the bridge to the platform. Bowes Park Station operates on a single platform and thus only one lift would be sufficient to cater for both directions of travel. This should be a fairly easy straight forward operation.

I think this would bring great benefits to the local community.

Currently if you have a disability, had an accident, are on crutches or travel with children it is pretty much impossible to access the train station without relying on help from strangers. It being 2015 I find that a very unacceptable situation, although sadly this seems to be a case across the majority of stations across the country. It would be a good chance to try to start a change. 

Depending on public opinion it would be interesting to find out if this should be taken further.

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Comment by Lindsey Berthoud on May 20, 2015 at 10:06

I just had a look at the station on the National Rail site - it says: Stairs to both platforms. The nearest station with step free access is Kings Cross! 

I'd be behind this campaign, just surprised it hasn't come up before. 

Comment by Donald Smith on May 20, 2015 at 13:18

Dear Doris Quinn

You write:

Campaigning to/with First Capital Connect to fit the Bowes Park Station with a disability access in the form of a built in lift from the top of the bridge to the platform. Bowes Park Station operates on a single platform and thus only one lift would be sufficient to cater for both directions of travel. This should be a fairly easy straight forward operation.

I think this would bring great benefits to the local community.

Lindsey Clarke writes:

I'd be behind this campaign, just surprised it hasn't come up before. 

From Sunday 14th September 2014 First Capital Connect has no longer operated the local train service from Bowes Park. From this date the Train Operating Company  franchise transferred to GoVia Thames and Great Northern otherwise known as the GTRailway 

The basis of the franchise is a management contract over a period of SEVEN YEARS, which means that Govia passes the ticket revenues directly to the Government rather than the company retaining the revenue.

The new franchise promises £1.5m on station access improvements [with at Palmers Green a slope access to Platform 2 and the installation of a lift to Platform 1]

Alexandra Palace Station is promised Disabled Lift Access as part of the Crossrail 2 proposals

For more information see on Govia Thames and Great Northern in Wikipedia CLICK HERE

Other plans include , From the December 2015 timetable change, Great Northern suburban services running to Moorgate on weekends and weekday evenings with cross platform interchange at Highbury and Islington avoiding the spiral stairs at Finsbury Park

Comment by Donald Smith on May 20, 2015 at 13:30

The latest passenger usage shows Bowes Park having passenger usage as 0.958 million and Palmers Green having passenger usage of 1.68 million

Bowes Park

National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  0.174 million[2]
2005–06 Increase 0.214 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 0.314 million[2]
2007–08 Increase 0.559 million[2]
2008–09 Steady 0.559 million[2]
2009–10 Increase 0.618 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.725 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.815 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.958 million[2]

Palmers Green

National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  0.774 million[1]
2005–06 Increase 0.795 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 1.503 million[1]
2007–08 Increase 1.815 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 1.483 million[1]
2009–10 Increase 1.550 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.623 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.662 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.680 million[1]

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