Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Stratford DLR footbridge: FITE!

TfL are quietly fuming after Network Rail closed their shiny new DLR footbridge less than two months after it opened. From the board papers:

The station upgrade project gives cause for some concern given Network Rail's unilateral decision to close the footbridge linking DLR's new £20m station to the suburban lines at Stratford. Following high-level intervention, Network Rail are giving consideration as to how the footbridge might be reopened sooner than the 2009 scheduled date.
That's some serious understated snark.

The bridge was closed because a new staircase to the subway is being constructed nearby as apart of the Olympic upgrade (in red, lower left on this plan), and the construction hoarding makes restricts access along the platform to the bridge.

4 comments:

Alex said...

I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one fuming about that!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully they'll adjust the steps so they lead along rather than across the platform

Anonymous said...

re previous post, I meant the exit from the steps should be along the platform...

hex said...

It's a stupid footbridge as well. There was easily enough room for it to have been step-free, but no, it has some totally unnecessary steps at the Central Line end. Do these people even think before acting?