The D stock was dreadful to travel in when it came into service. Without opening windows, you couldn't breathe. Several times I just had to get out on my habitual journey Westminster-Mile End. At that point, I think they introduced driver opening of doors, but not in winter. Then everybody got confused, so passenger operation of doors was abandoned altogether. And they introduced the "breath of Fresh Air" campaign and inserted quarterlights (very ineffective) to correct the design fault. No, it wasn't general on LU, though some BR trains had it, notably the Shenfield electrics.
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
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 BHR project - aka Urban Intensification - is the latest wheeze to up London's population and getting the wads of notes entering TFL coffers. It will, however, make travelling by tube much less easy, especially for anyone driving in from beyond London. C As another example, conversion of car parks to Housing (retaining "some" parking)is planned at every station Buckhurst Hill to Epping inclusive in the infamous Epping Forest draft local plan
As I think I said before, the "new" BHRd built by BR was done on the ultimate cheap - narrow platforms, no canopies, no ease of access. The old BHP was a commodious station with wide platforms. The number of people using the narrow platform now, let alone on electrification, is just too great.
6-car trains? When does the DLR cease to be a light railway and become a heavy one, as most of it was before the routes were converted? (All right, I know the North Greenwich branch was in the Colonel Stephens mould)