Sunday, 20 January 2008

All hail the London Overground bench


The worst thing about London Overground is the mandatory 18 minute wait on Sunday evenings in the grimmest part of London. The best thing about London Overground are these swish new benches you get to wait on. Joined up thinking.

9 comments:

Dazz285 said...

How long do you think that they will stay looking "swish" ?

Also a few of the enclosed waiting areas at Willesden and Brondesbury Park and been removed.

So you can now frezze in the open whilst sitting on these new seats...

LC said...

I agree - these benches are smashing, and with the nice "retro" cream and orange repaints going on at the stations, will look nice.

The only downside is that they look strange when they are right next to old Silverlink flourescent green metal seats. :o

Dazz285 said...

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modalpages/6310.aspx

2008 All stations cleaned and repaired.

So things are on the way judging by the huge ammount of painting and cleaning that has been going on since day 1 of the takeover..

Roll on the new rolling stock..

JJ said...

It does seem odd removing these shelters during the Winter...

I see TfL have produced updated versions of their Overground Design Standards, and have now included additional info on Train Design too - see http://tinyurl.com/2uxszg

Worthy of feature on this site perhaps, Mr Thant?

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

This bench is a model called Woodro, designed by iconic designer Robin Day and widely used on Underground stations. More info at http://tinyurl.com/3a3h3f

Pete said...

Hmm, I'd rather have plastic or metal because at least when it's wet you can sweep off at least most of the moisture. Those things look like they'd get unpleasantly damp...

Earth Girl said...

The new benches are much warmer to sit on than the old meatal benches were. But I can't help but wonder how long it will be until someone sets one on fire.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of starting a support group for regular users of Willesden Junction station, plus others on the miserable route to Harrow & Wealdstone. Is it only me that gets depressed, wondering what they did to deserve such a life?

Also, who would agrees that reopening a station on the Euston mainline for Willesden Junction will be a good idea? I guess this is only relevant to those who live in Harrow.

I agree though, the new benches are nice. But someone get rid of the Silverlink branding, please...

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in a Willesden Junction Users Group.

There is already a WLL Group at http://www.westlondonlinegroup.org.uk/.

Willesden Junction is much better than it used to be, but has a lot of potential for improvement.