Talking to a member of staff the other day, he suggested that Loughton might be among the last of all the outer stations to be dealt with. Debden and Buckhurst Hill are relatively straightforward, the former perhaps in connection with the new Langston Rd Retail Park and/or office-to-residential conversions (130 units planned already). Buckhurst Hill already has it, but LU won't open the gates.Theydon Bois would need a gate onto the severed part of Station Rd. But Loughton, with its listed status and two high-level island platforms might be a difficult nut to crack. Any thoughts?
The cheapest solution at Loughton would probably be a couple of stair lifts on whichever side is the quieter. Whether that is acceptable long term I don't know.
Converting half the width of one staircase to each platform into an incline lift would probably be the next easiest option, although as I mentioned on another thread it wouldn't be without capacity issues. It might also involve the least disruption to the fabric of the station building. From memory, the platform canopies are a significant part of the listing, so any step-free solution that didn't interfere with these would almost certainly be preferred, and this probably rules out a conventional lift.
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the stairlifts are very slow - you need staff to operate them so far only one station has this so other option is platform lifts - LU has couple of platform lifts installed on network - those can be useful for limited headroom rather having full standard lifts - those platform lifts have automatic doors and can take scooters or prams or wheelchair but inline lifts can be good idea - there couple in europe - where stairs and inline lift blends in its works well for station
Thanks Snoggle, I think safety and capacity issues would probably rule out stairlifts (200 people disgorging from an EB train in the evening peak already pushes the existing stairs towards those issues). A small glass lift in the centre of the subway might work (emerging in the central buildings on each platform) but might not pass the listed building test