Back in 2011 it was announced that £980,000 would be spent on two lifts for Blackhorse Lane railway platforms. Work would be completed by March 2014…
Fast forward to May 2014 and the Department for Transport have just re-announced the scheme. Work is scheduled to be complete by 2019, with designs drawn up by Network Rail in due course.
Here’s what the Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group kindly left in our comments section:
The Department for Transport re-announced this scheme last week! From enquiries made with train operator LOROL and Transport for London this scheme is postponed pending electrification of the line 2016-2017. The original scheme was to provide a ramp to the eastbound (Barking) platform and a lift to the westbound (Gospel Oak) platform.
BGORUG sees no reason to delay this scheme, but feels that the station is operating at maximum capacity and needs wider platforms, stairs and footbridge to handle peak crowds. Also greater, improved, covered passenger accommodation on the platforms should be provided.
Our 25 April news update noted:
BGORUG is grateful to the London Underground station manager, Mike Donnithorne, for providing a train departures indicator in the Ticket Hall and additional platform signs. However we are disappointed that the Department for Transport funded ‘Access For All’ scheme to the Overground platforms has been shelved.
Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group