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It’s time to upgrade our stations

04 January, 2019

• ONCE again we see Camden Council at its best in the guise of the Kentish Town plan and its consultation – a superb document replete with a myriad of information. The element which intrigues me is transport and two particular aspects.

First, Gospel Oak station. Nestled as it is on the fringe of the great Hampstead Heath, it is now time to sensibly relocate and enlarge it, sympathetically to the south of Gordon House Road, five platforms, three for the existing services and two new ones for through trains, from Blackhorse Road to Willesden low level – Old Oak – Hounslow.

The station must be designed to blend and also to function. It’s a key junction and one which is needed ever more in the interval between Crossrail 1 and Crossrail 2.

Then Kentish Town. If 40 trains can run south, than a restored link to Upper Holloway and Barking can be accommodated. A new bay platform or a small rejig. The whole entrance and egress will need to be updated anyway.

Why spend 15 minutes at St Pancras, sometimes with luggage, when one can cross a platform and be in north east London in a matter of minutes. Upper Holloway four minutes, Harringay 10, South Tottenham 13, Blackhorse Road 17, Walthamstow 20, and Barking 35 minutes.

All quicker than the District or Victoria lines. I trust these obvious improvements will seamlessly be introduced over the next two years.

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