Monday, 5 September 2011

Will Wembley Central station improvements match the dream?

Present entrance to Bakerloo and London Overground platforms
The Harrow Observer LINK reports that £2.5m is to be spent on Wembley Central Station in time for the Olympics. Regular readers will know that I have blogged regularly about the sad state of this 'allotment shed' on the modernised Central Square.

The money is to be spent on much needed access for the disabled including two lifts and a stair lift and making the toilets accessible. Two platforms will be extended to enable longer London Overground trains to stop there.

However there is no mention of improving communication between the Southern platforms which serve East Croydon-Shepherds Bush-Watford Junction and Milton Keynes route and the Bakerloo and Overground lines. At present you have to exit the station to change trains.
Present entrance to Southern train platforms

The original plans for the station were shelved when the money ran out.  The picture below shows what the new station was supposed to look like when the Central Square development was finished.
The original plan back in 2008

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