A pathway between two stations in Walthamstow should have opened this week after a battle which reached the High Court

This Is Local London: The new station entrance should have opened this week The new station entrance should have opened this week

The official opening of a pedestrian link between two train stations has been delayed again, 18 years after it was supposed to be built.

When planning permission was given to The Family Housing Association to develop in Exeter Road in 1996, an agreement was made to build a clear path between Queens Road and Walthamstow Central Stations.

A new entrance was planned for Queens Road in Edison Close so the walking journey time between the two was cut by ten minutes.

However, the work was never carried out and the council took the case to the high court in an attempt to secure progress.

The authority secured an agreement to carry out the work and charge the housing association for it.

However, work was still not carried out.

In 2008 Solum Regeneration promised build the structure as part of its tower block complex by Walthamstow Central.

Walkway plans were finally agreed in 2011 and work began in March 2013.

The link, which is rumoured to be named after late Ray Dudley, a long-serving campaigner for the Barking-Gospel Oak Line User Group (BGOLUG), should have opened on Monday.

However the council informed BGOLUG this week that there has been a number of setbacks.

Transport Planner for Waltham Forest Council, Tobias Newland, said: “Unfortunately it is now looking as though the new station entrance at Walthamstow Queen’s Road will not be able to open next week as a potential defect has been discovered on the new ramp leading up to the new entrance on Exeter Road.

“This is currently being addressed by the developer.

“Work has begun on cleaning up the path at the end of Edison Close that will form the route through to Walthamstow Central station.”

A new pavement linking Edison Close with the rear entrance of Walthamstow Central Station is also being constructed.

No date has been given for the proposed opening.

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2:09pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Sam Hain says...

I do hope this isn't another case of 'watch this space'.
I do hope this isn't another case of 'watch this space'. Sam Hain
  • Score: 3

2:28pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

What will the security be like? This will be a useful cut through for me and I hope safety is paramount and the route is well lit. Vulnerable people could be placed in fear.
What will the security be like? This will be a useful cut through for me and I hope safety is paramount and the route is well lit. Vulnerable people could be placed in fear. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

4:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

True - you have made some enemies. All Helen has to do is hang around the walkway, shout 'Cornbeefur!' now & then and she's got you.

Watch your back.
True - you have made some enemies. All Helen has to do is hang around the walkway, shout 'Cornbeefur!' now & then and she's got you. Watch your back. stickmanny
  • Score: -2

5:29pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

This is a sad example of the endemic problems surrounding rail infrastructure in the Walthamstow Village area. What needs to be done is to immediately restore the Hall Farm Curve to enable quick and easy access to Stratford and Canary Wharf from the Walthamstow and Chingford areas, thousands of jobs are being created at Stratford City / Olympic Park and local village residents have no direct link. Also, it has not been made clear what services will run once the Chingford and Tottenham / Enfield Town line become part of London Overgrounds. Currently all Overground trains are a miserly three carriages long and this is clearly insufficient for the morning rush hour to Liverpool Street and for Tottenham Hotspur Champions League games, I fear it will be the death knell for the Walthamstow Arcade site and the Granada cinema when they finally open.
This is a sad example of the endemic problems surrounding rail infrastructure in the Walthamstow Village area. What needs to be done is to immediately restore the Hall Farm Curve to enable quick and easy access to Stratford and Canary Wharf from the Walthamstow and Chingford areas, thousands of jobs are being created at Stratford City / Olympic Park and local village residents have no direct link. Also, it has not been made clear what services will run once the Chingford and Tottenham / Enfield Town line become part of London Overgrounds. Currently all Overground trains are a miserly three carriages long and this is clearly insufficient for the morning rush hour to Liverpool Street and for Tottenham Hotspur Champions League games, I fear it will be the death knell for the Walthamstow Arcade site and the Granada cinema when they finally open. jonny mash
  • Score: -14

6:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

No doubt!
No doubt! stickmanny
  • Score: -3

10:27am Thu 12 Jun 14

GlennW says...

The Family Mosaic housing association built the ramp/stairs to form the new entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station in Edison Close.

Network Rail's developer Solum is reponsible for the footpath, to be named "Ray Dudley Way" between the rear of Edison Close to Walthamstow Central.

London Overground have provided lighting and CCTV inside the railway boundary and the Council have provided same in Edison Close. The footpath is not yet sufficiently complete for these to be installed yet.

Regarding London Overground train services, Barking - Gospel Oak trains are in fact 2-coaches, TfL are providing 4-coach trains in 2017-18. These will be part of the same order TfL are placing for new trains for the Cheshunt (via Southbury) /Chingford/Enfield Town services they take over next year. From the projected size of the order, it appears that TfL do not intend any major changes to the service patterns currently provided. The rest of the London Overground network is already operated by 4-coach trains but these are being extended to 5-coaches next year.

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group
register on our message board on www.barking-gospeloa
k.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @ridingthegoblin
The Family Mosaic housing association built the ramp/stairs to form the new entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station in Edison Close. Network Rail's developer Solum is reponsible for the footpath, to be named "Ray Dudley Way" between the rear of Edison Close to Walthamstow Central. London Overground have provided lighting and CCTV inside the railway boundary and the Council have provided same in Edison Close. The footpath is not yet sufficiently complete for these to be installed yet. Regarding London Overground train services, Barking - Gospel Oak trains are in fact 2-coaches, TfL are providing 4-coach trains in 2017-18. These will be part of the same order TfL are placing for new trains for the Cheshunt (via Southbury) /Chingford/Enfield Town services they take over next year. From the projected size of the order, it appears that TfL do not intend any major changes to the service patterns currently provided. The rest of the London Overground network is already operated by 4-coach trains but these are being extended to 5-coaches next year. Glenn Wallis Secretary Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group register on our message board on www.barking-gospeloa k.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @ridingthegoblin GlennW
  • Score: 4

3:10pm Thu 12 Jun 14

mdj says...

Glenn Wallis has been campaigning on this issue, and others affecting decent public transport since the WF Transport Action group was active in the early 90s, if not before.

People like him, who steadily plug away to improve the lives of all of us , opposing the evasions and inertia of officialdom with patience, politeness and command of the facts, deserve the thanks of us all.
Glenn Wallis has been campaigning on this issue, and others affecting decent public transport since the WF Transport Action group was active in the early 90s, if not before. People like him, who steadily plug away to improve the lives of all of us , opposing the evasions and inertia of officialdom with patience, politeness and command of the facts, deserve the thanks of us all. mdj
  • Score: 6

4:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

RichieA70 says...

jonny mash wrote:
This is a sad example of the endemic problems surrounding rail infrastructure in the Walthamstow Village area. What needs to be done is to immediately restore the Hall Farm Curve to enable quick and easy access to Stratford and Canary Wharf from the Walthamstow and Chingford areas, thousands of jobs are being created at Stratford City / Olympic Park and local village residents have no direct link. Also, it has not been made clear what services will run once the Chingford and Tottenham / Enfield Town line become part of London Overgrounds. Currently all Overground trains are a miserly three carriages long and this is clearly insufficient for the morning rush hour to Liverpool Street and for Tottenham Hotspur Champions League games, I fear it will be the death knell for the Walthamstow Arcade site and the Granada cinema when they finally open.
Thank you Cornbeefur / Villagecranberry (etc etc).
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: This is a sad example of the endemic problems surrounding rail infrastructure in the Walthamstow Village area. What needs to be done is to immediately restore the Hall Farm Curve to enable quick and easy access to Stratford and Canary Wharf from the Walthamstow and Chingford areas, thousands of jobs are being created at Stratford City / Olympic Park and local village residents have no direct link. Also, it has not been made clear what services will run once the Chingford and Tottenham / Enfield Town line become part of London Overgrounds. Currently all Overground trains are a miserly three carriages long and this is clearly insufficient for the morning rush hour to Liverpool Street and for Tottenham Hotspur Champions League games, I fear it will be the death knell for the Walthamstow Arcade site and the Granada cinema when they finally open.[/p][/quote]Thank you Cornbeefur / Villagecranberry (etc etc). RichieA70
  • Score: 6

9:59pm Thu 12 Jun 14

myopinioncounts says...

If this development had not been "signed off" and therefore the homes could not be lived in until the agreed path had been made this 18 year battle could not have happened. Who wrote the contract so badly that the housing association was able to wriggle out of its obligations?
If this development had not been "signed off" and therefore the homes could not be lived in until the agreed path had been made this 18 year battle could not have happened. Who wrote the contract so badly that the housing association was able to wriggle out of its obligations? myopinioncounts
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

GlennW says...

Successive owners of the Exeter Road Estate have ignored the planning condition requiring the entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station to be provided. They did provide the footpath to Walthamstow Central car park but Railtrack, now Network Rail, kept the path blocked with a six foot high palisade fence. The Section 106 agreement the Council got in exchange for the Network Rail/Solum hotel/residential scheme ensured the footpath would cross the Network Rail boundary and continue to Walthamstow Central and Hoe Street.

The 2009 HIgh Court judgement meant that the new entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station had to be built at Family Mosaic's expense. The irony is that if it had been built in 1996, it could have merely been some steps and a sloping path onto the station footbridge. But all the disability access legislation passed over the ensuing years has
required the construction of a vastly more expensive structure.

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group
Successive owners of the Exeter Road Estate have ignored the planning condition requiring the entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station to be provided. They did provide the footpath to Walthamstow Central car park but Railtrack, now Network Rail, kept the path blocked with a six foot high palisade fence. The Section 106 agreement the Council got in exchange for the Network Rail/Solum hotel/residential scheme ensured the footpath would cross the Network Rail boundary and continue to Walthamstow Central and Hoe Street. The 2009 HIgh Court judgement meant that the new entrance to Walthamstow Queen's Road station had to be built at Family Mosaic's expense. The irony is that if it had been built in 1996, it could have merely been some steps and a sloping path onto the station footbridge. But all the disability access legislation passed over the ensuing years has required the construction of a vastly more expensive structure. Glenn Wallis Secretary Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group GlennW
  • Score: 7

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