Winstanley redevelopment at odds with CrossRail 2 plans

Author: Cyril Richert

With the recent publishing of the safeguarded route for the Crossrail 2 lines, Wandsworth Council finds himself at odds with its plans to construct a cluster of tall building on Grant Road/Bramlands Close: this is actually the site reserved by Network Rail to implement the Cross Rail entrance at Clapham Junction.

Blue Areas: These are areas where the Crossrail 2 proposals have a greater effect at ground level, such as for stations, temporary worksites or ventilation and emergency shafts.

Blue Areas: These are areas where the Crossrail 2 proposals have a greater effect at ground level, such as for stations, temporary worksites or ventilation and emergency shafts.

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PCS sales is off as the developer pulled out

Author: Cyril Richert

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PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) at Clapham Junction is no longer planning to sell its building immediately. A plan was revealed last November for PCS to ask for a change of use (from office to residential), in order to maximise the value of the site. As expected in our article, PCS was in fact planning to sell to a developer, for them to knock down the building and erect residential towers (most likely, as Wandsworth’s officers are currently considering favourably all towers between 25-30 storeys – even in location when their own planning documents say they are inappropriate). Continue reading

Brighton Yard crossing underway

Author: Cyril Richert

Brighton Yard entrance view

Brighton Yard entrance view

Wandsworth Council has done all infrastructure work for installation of signals-controlled pelican crossing (a pair of poles each with a standard set of traffic lights facing oncoming traffic, a push button and two illuminated “green men”).

Only Transport for London can actually install the lights and they are currently very busy. However it could happen within a month. Continue reading

Crossrail2 update: consultation on Chelsea station, Southgate and Hackney

 Author: Cyril Richert

Following feedback from last year’s consultation, there are some variations for the Crossrail 2 route through Chelsea, Dalston, Hackney and New Southgate. Proposed changes are:

  • The location of a station in Chelsea
  • An extension from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate
  • The route alignment in Dalston and Hackney

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2009-2014: Clapham Junction station improvements

Author: Cyril Richert

An artist's impression of the new Brighton Yard entrance at Clapham Junction station which will provide step-free access into the station and better facilities, and help reduce congestion in  the station subway.For those who remember the proposal to build two skyscrapers at Clapham Junction station in 2009, it is also interesting to look again at the arguments used by the developers:

Scale model of the twin towers at Clapham JunctionThe proposals will help regenerate the Town Centre and will transform the station. This is once in a life time opportunity, it the plans are not supported we will face years of continued dreadful conditions at the station.

In May 2009, the proposal was withdrawn, with the help of the hundreds local residents who sent more than 700 letters of objection to the Council, and signed petitions to refuse the scheme.

So, as the developers warned, has the station been doomed since the failure of their plan, and left in a derelict state? Not at all, this is actually the opposite that happened. Lets see below all the improvement that we saw in the pas 5 years, and even more to come. Continue reading

Platform 17 will be extended and barrier entrance enlarged

Author: Cyril Richert

View of Platform 17 from Station Approach

View of Platform 17 from Station Approach

Network Rail has submitted its plan for platform extension and associated development to Platform 17 of Clapham Junction Station (including enlarging the barrier entrance to the under-path)  as part of the West London Line platform extension programme (P.A. 2013/5208). Continue reading

Grant road entrance: Brand new and already dysfunctional?

Author: Cyril Richert

Clapham Junction station entrance on Grant Road had major refurbishment in 2012 in order to accommodate the overground line extension. 6 months later, the new lift to give a step free access to the platforms is no longer working and the help/ticket desk is desperately closed!

The lift at the Grant Road Exit at Clapham Junction is "broken until further notice".

The lift at the Grant Road Exit at Clapham Junction is “broken until further notice”

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