Is Dalston Kingsland station plan on right lines?

DK16: Modified Dalston Kingsland station Kingsland Hi St Dalston London 041116 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com
* UPDATE January 2016: a photograph of the new entrance to the revamped Dalston Kingsland station — no lift/s within — and below, architect’s drawing

kingslandplanTHE REDESIGN of Dalston Kingsland has been unveiled. Network Rail wants to replace one of the ugliest, user-unfriendly stations in northeast London with, uhm, well, see for yourself in the admittedly rough photograph of a planning-application drawing, left.

The design of the frontage is in the tradition of Sixties big-window, clear-and-simple architecture and shows some relationship  with the overall look of other overground stations, although little with the late-Victorian and Edwardian buildings around it.

The surprising aspect of the application to Hackney council is that no extra provision has been made for disabled people.

The exclusion of a lift means that the station is off limits for wheelchair and other users, unless they can accept the indignity of special arrangements being made, the kind of fuss that none of us ever craves, not to mention the danger of being physically carried down the steps, assuming anyone strong enough is available.

So much for the Access for All station-improvement-scheme announcements and that scheme’s huge funding.

Not that new features have note been included. Something described as a “staff refuge unit” shows on the plans. Commuters well know the apparent love of staff for lockable rooms from which the public can be avoided.

Dalston Kingsland station Kingsland High St E8 2JS 180714 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Crowded and uncomfortable: the 1983-built Dalston Kingsland in peak time

New gates have also been added. One of the complaints about DK has been the difficulty of large numbers of people entering and leaving during peak periods. So the number of gates has been increased from four to eight, in each case one of them being the double-gate for prams-users.

John Thornton, of Hackney campaign group Disability BackUp, told Loving Dalston he was  “disappointed but not shocked” to learn that the needs of disabled travellers, and people with suitcases, shopping, bicycles and buggies who needed step-free access, were apparently being overlooked.

In that respect, the station has not changed since it opened in May 1983, as a substitute for the sooned-to-be-closed (in 1986) Dalston Junction station. That was rebuilt and reopened in 2010. Great planning, eh?

David Altheer 180714

* Planning application 2014/2222. To send your views the planners, email  hackney.planning@hackney.gov.uk, and/or your ward councillor(s) 

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5 thoughts on “Is Dalston Kingsland station plan on right lines?

  1. Does anyone know when the refurbishment of Dalston Kingsland station will take place and how long it will take?

    Good question, and it prompts me to look into it as soon as possible.

    The refurbishment is obviously beihnd schedule. Perhaps it will mean more time for some pressure to be put for better disabled access. — Editor

  2. I had a chat with someone senior at TfL and this isn’t as they told it.

    I think there is something bigger rolling through the area, which is making everybody think a bit harder.

    Thank you. That may be so: as soon as the news schedule permits I shall be following up on an email I received today. By coincidence – Ed.

  3. Maybe they can incorporate a newsagent within the station and I agree that a lift should be installed at once.

    I have helped many mothers with small children in pushchairs up or down the stairs to my own detriment (strained back). So I believe that a lift ought to be a non-negotiable option.

    The site-owner company seems uninterested in providing lift access, the council planning department similar, so we should press our local councillors.

    Include the URL of this article which, if I may be so bold to say, gives a good summary of the problem. – Ed.

  4. Completely agree: waste of money. That shop is the only newsagents in the area.

    Also, the plans for the station are rubbish: no lifts just a few more barriers, still the same number of people and trains. What’s the point?

    If they are going to expand the station, it should be done properly.

  5. Can’t believe that the shop next door will have to shut, considering that a lift is not even going to be made available. Disgrace.

    The shop has been there for 30 years.

    The plans seem to have only more barriers, which I’m sure means people will lose jobs.

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