Monday, 11 January 2016

Queen's Road Station link

|From BGORUG Christmas News Letter


Since the pedestrian link between Walthamstow Central and Walthamstow Queen’s Road stations opened just over a year ago, BGORUG has been amazed by both the numbers of people making use of the link and the growing numbers using Walthamstow Queen’s Road station. “Before TfL put it on the Tube map in 2007, Walthamstow Queens’s Road was always a sleepy little station,” said Glenn Wallis, BGORUG Secretary. “Passenger numbers grew but were still nothing compared to those using the station since the link opened.” 

BGORUG had campaigned for the link since 1990 and so it was named after its chief protagonist, Group member Ray Dudley, who sadly did not live long enough to see it open. “The trouble was no one knew where Walthamstow Queen’s Road station was,” said Glenn Wallis. “It is not even very near Queen’s Road! Since May this year it has been shown as an Out of Station Interchange with Walthamstow Central on the London Overground map[4] which should give some idea as to its location.” “However, there was no such indication to passengers on trains, to show just how close to the town centre and the famous High Street, the station was.” 

Group members noticed that a number of Overground stations have strap-lines added to the platform roundel station name boards advising of a popular destination reached by alighting at that station. Glenn Wallis continued, “Last April we asked TfL to put strap-lines on the platform roundels and were very pleased to see them appear last month. It is hoped that the strap-lines will encourage those who have never alighted at the station before to do so and explore the High Street, the new Empire cinema and the recently opened pop-up pub in the old Granada cinema.” 

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