From an internal LU Bulletin I've received on the staff email, it states the following which will be of interest to fellow forum members.
Why do the works take three weeks to complete?
'The works will be similar to that of a construction site, whereby concrete will be poured and will need time to set. Furthermore, the installation of new points will take place in cramped conditions and will require thorough testing and commissioning'.
'We will also undertake opportunity works to improve track infrastructure and stations in the closed section. These works will comprise of tunnel and platform reconditioning, re-rail, sleeper replacement and deep station cleanses at Tottenham Hale, Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central. Asbestos removal, ticket facilities and gate line improvements at Walthamstow Central as well as the commencement of escalator replacement there as well'.
During the closure, service frequency will be as follows;
Work on escalators at Walthamstow Central will begin during the blockade and finish in April 2016. The escalator will run upwards, except on weekday mornings between 07:00 and 09:30 when it will run downwards. To avoid using the stairs use bus 230 from Walthamstow Central to Blackhorse Road.
I guess they are replacing the current escalators before the capacity upgrade goes live.
Why is the blockade for so long? Have LOROL yet confirmed whether Chingfords will be 8 cars all day?
It looks like the Chingfords will be 8 cars all day as Tfl Rail have been asked to provide a 315 for the RMF - UPM branch during this period.
They're still getting too many train failures and short formations and then last minute changes being announced daily. I'll be gobsmacked if all Chingford Line trains are 8 cars daily for every day of the blockade.
Double checked today as to whether the subway link at Walthamstow Central will be open during the blockade for access between the NR platforms. Definitely going to be closed so it's a walk round the road bridge and down the side of the station if you arrive at the bus station side of the station.
Buses from north of Walthamstow now have new messages on I-Bus advising people to alight at Walthamstow Market (the RRS does pick up there) and again at Walthamstow Central.
The station car park at Walthamstow is semi occupied by site buildings and gazebos with workers having a nice sunbathe this afternoon.
Walthamstow Central (then Hoe St) really did have a diddy ticket office, No2 or down office, on the Selborne Rd side, where in the 1960s, Delia, the booking clerk, operated, with a blazing fire in winter. The up office, or No.1, was the principal one, with left luggage, parcels, etc, too....
"These works will comprise of tunnel and platform reconditioning, re-rail, sleeper replacement and deep station cleanses at Tottenham Hale, Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central."
Those three stations had quite a fair bit of penny pinching when built. No middle escalators, no ceiling panels. Has much ever been rectified?
In short no. Tottenham Hale is the only station that's had money spent on it in terms of the MIP lift and a slightly revised ticket hall and bus stop area. Subsequent to that we had the road layout redone last year and a new bus station that's already at capacity in terms of terminating routes. The ticket hall is going to be completely remodelled over the next couple of years. However the plans do NOT include a third escalator because the modelling shows it's not justified.
Blackhorse Rd has had nothing substantive done to it. Walthamstow had the subway to the bus station and lifts added but no escalators so you have to climb a ridiculous set of stairs to reach the buses. The lift, in consequence, sees a lot of use from people of all ages. We recently had the surface buildings tweaked a bit in advance of LOROL taking over. This allowed gates to be installed but at the cost of forcing people wanting to interchange out in to the street. A new ticket office has been added on the Chingford side of the station but the one on the other side went. Hopefully the nonsense of these revisions will sort themselves out over the next three weeks. Walthamstow is on the "upgrade" list but about 15 years hence which is way too late really. It, like T Hale, could do with a third escalator as peak crowds waiting to exit do not clear before the next train arrives. This will worsen with 36 tph turning up.
To be honest I don't see a lot of point in ceiling panels at platform level. We've coped without them for nearly 50 years so why worry now. The bigger issue is simply handling the demand that's on offer and which will no doubt materialise in coming years. Reducing congestions and queues should be the priority and I await to see what happens in terms of gatelines at WWCS after the blockade.
Snoggle, isn't the "new ticket office" you mention the very same one that's about to be closed?
The "new" office I refer to is the one run by LOROL and replaced the one that was shut for months after some problem - was it a fire or a rat infestation or something? AIUI TfL can't run round and close ticket offices on what are still National Rail stations because the final sanction rests with the DfT AFAIK. They can, of course, propose to do such things but a formal process has to run whereas no such thing has happened in respect of tube ticket offices. LU has just done what the Mayor signed off. To date no Overground ticket offices have closed but I think Gospel Oak had its hours reduced.
The little LU ticket office by the tube gateline closed on Friday night.