Friday, 6 June 2014

Queens Road to Walthamstow Central Footpath

DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH BUT IT LOOKS AS IF THE LINK BETWEEN QUEENS ROAD STATION AND WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL IS NEARLY THERE. IT HAS TAKEN OVER 20 YEARS OF WORK BY THE COUNCIL TO ACHIEVE THIS SHORT FOOTPATH!!

A PICTURE IS WORTH A 1000 WORDS!







Thanks Tobias 

I am really hopeful that the opening of the whole link on the 7th will go ahead as planned. I would be really grateful for an update on this. 

Best wishes

Bryn
Dear Bryn

Sorry for the delay in replying to your email, I hope to have more information for you next week.

Tobias Newland
Transport Planner
Planning Policy and Regeneration
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Sycamore House (Room G08)
Forest Road
Walthamstow E17 4JF,
Tel: 020 8496 6780


Subject: Re: LONDON OVERGROUND WALTHAMSTOW QUEEN'S ROAD STATION

Thanks for the update Tobias. Can I check how the meeting went with regard to this last week. Are there any further obstacles we should be aware of and are the legal aspects now agreed pending signature? 

I would also like to check whether the 9th of June date is set for the opening of the whole link to Walthamstow central. If so this is very positive. 

Thanks again for the update. 
Best wishes

Bryn 

Dear Glen

Thank you for your emails. The Council is not ‘preventing’ the opening of the new station entrance, as soon as the Council takes ownership of the wheelchair accessible ramp at Queen’s Road station LOROL will be able to open the entrance. At the moment the ramp is still owned by housing association (Family Mosaic) who built it as part of a Section 106 agreement associated with the building of the Edison Close estate.

We are hoping that the transfer of this ramp and underlying land to Council will enable the opening of the station entrance by Monday 9th June.

Regards

Tobias Newland
Transport Planner
Planning Policy and Regeneration
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Sycamore House (Room G08)
Forest Road
Walthamstow E17 4JF,
Tel: 020 8496 6780


Subject: LONDON OVERGROUND WALTHAMSTOW QUEEN'S ROAD STATION

Dear Neil/Tobias,

I would be grateful if one of you could reply to my email of 8 May asking why the Council was preventing LOROL from opening the new Edison Close entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station?

Kind regards

Glenn

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group


Subject: Re: LONDON OVERGROUND WALTHAMSTOW QUEEN'S ROAD STATION

Dear Bryn,

I'll await Tobias's or Neil's reply to my email. But I am amazed that this issue wasn't sorted in the run up to constructing the ramp or during the year its been sitting idle!

The ramp was built by a Network Rail approved contractor to a Network Rail and Transport for London approved design and was built on Network Rail land. The simplest and best solution is to vest ownership in Network Rail and then incorporate it into the station lease held by LOROL. If Network Rail want paying for taking the structure on then it should be paid by the housing association who defaulted on the planning condition and lost the High Court case.

Regards

Glenn


Sent: Thursday, 8 May 2014, 15:36
Subject: Re: LONDON OVERGROUND WALTHAMSTOW QUEEN'S ROAD STATION

Dear Glen

I have just spoken to Tobias who was very helpful. He informed me that the council are in negotiation as to the ownership of the ramp from Queen's road station (currently the ramp is not owned by the council and opening it while this is being discussed would raise questions of liability should there be an accident etc alongside other legal issues). They have already had a number of meetings around this and hope that the issues can be resolved at a meeting next week. Tobias has kindly agreed to update us after the meeting. 

Tobias also informs me that they are continuing to work to a June timeline to open the link.

Best wishes

Bryn 

On 8 May 2014 14:57, GLENN WALLIS <glennwallis@btopenworld.com> wrote:
Dear Neil,

Please see email from LOROL below.

Can you please explain why the Council is preventing LOROL from opening the Edison Close entrance now that all works required are complete?

KInd regards

Glenn

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group


Sent: Thursday, 8 May 2014, 14:26
Subject: RE: WALTHAMSTOW, LEYTON & LEYTONSTONE STATIONS

Hi Glenn,

On David’s behalf – discussions around staffing are ongoing at the moment.

With regard to Edison Close, LOROL have finished installing our TVM. We requested to open the entrance from 29th April PM, but this was refused by the Council, who want it to remain closed while they undertake further meetings.

Thanks
Sam

Sam Russell
Stakeholder & Community Manager
Tel: 020 3031 9215
Mob: 07500 55 33 95
Fax: 0870 863 2580

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Subject: WALTHAMSTOW, LEYTON & LEYTONSTONE STATIONS

Dear David,

While I appreciate that you may not yet be in a position to comment on the staffing position at Leyton and Leytonstone, I would be grateful if you could advise what the latest position regarding the opening the new Edison Close entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station is.

Kind regards

Glenn

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: GLENN WALLIS <glennwallis@btopenworld.com>
To: David Wornham <david.wornham@lorol.co.uk>
Cc: SamRussell <sam.russell@lorol.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 9:52
Subject: WALTHAMSTOW, LEYTON & LEYTONSTONE STATIONS

Dear David,

Thank you for writing to me back in March.

The Edison Close entrance had its TVM and signage installed a week ago. Can you advise when you will be opening this entrance to passengers?

I understand that management is still in negotiation with the staff side over the new ticket gates at Leyton and Leytonstone with STM staff temporarily deployed to staff the gates until 21:00. With the unwelcome conversion of trains to DOO still planned, BGORUG is concerned that train side attendance at stations is at least maintained at current levels, if not enhanced. I would be grateful if you could let me know what LOROL's staffing polocy for these two stations is once you have it agreed with the staff side.

Kind regards

Glenn

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group

Subject: Walthamstow Queens Road - 2nd Entrance

Hello Glen,

Great to see you again at passenger board.

You asked for an update on Walthamstow Queens Road, here is the very latest.

The Council have stated they are going to open the interchange path by the end of May. LOROL will have a TVM installed on the new ramp by the end of April. Once the TVM is installed we will open this new entrance. The TVM is needed to support a reduction in ticketless travel and support RPI blocks.

Hope this helps.

Regards

David Wornham
Customer Service Director
London Overground (LOROL)
Mb:  07920 021 415


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