TfL have released images showing the design for the planned £17.8 million re-development of the London Overground station at White Hart Lane which is due for completion by spring 2019 bringing step-free access (street to platform) as well as a much needed enlarged station layout. The contract has been awarded to Taylor Woodrow responsible for the upgrade works at Tottenham Court Road and Victoria tube stations.
I saw these at a local plan consultation a few years ago and was quite disappointed. The new station building is about 50-100 yards north of the present one, with its big difference being two staircases on the London-bound platform instead of one and really no changed for the northbound platform. I pointed out that until the early 1980s there used to be a second set of stairs at the southern end of the platforms that used to exit onto Whitehall Street, behind the now-closed British Queen pub ...the spokesman had now idea. One thing he DID say that was interesting was that when redesigning the station they discovered the arches beneath the station building (as seen on the picture behind the three pink trees) are not true arches going through to the other side - they are just fronts onto an earth embankment!
waysider its fairly common that the people they send to these things have limited knowledge or background of the route. Went to an HS2 consultation once, spoke to a guy who'd done 30 years in the railways etc etc, wasn't aware the NNML had any services over it, wasn't familiar with the Greenford loop. His thing might very well have been the history of the Potteries loop signalling, or house colours of the North British, but its not exactly confidence inspiring when they are there to talk about a project and its issues but when something is raised which has a tangible connection or relevance to it the answer comes back as 'don't know' or 'hmmm'. Such is the industry now.
Incidentally, the second picture looks like theyve designed a perfect wind funnel at the nearest end of the platform. Why can't anyone design weather protection that protects you from the weather anymore?