Monday 12 Jun 2017
Residents invited to information sessions about closure of Tottenham level crossing as part of railway improvements
A level crossing in Tottenham will be closed next month and replaced with an accessible footbridge as part of works to significantly upgrade the railway network in the area. Residents can find out more about the plans at information events starting next week (19 June).
On Saturday, 1 July 2017, the level crossing at Northumberland Park station on Park Lane in Tottenham will close and work will take place to rebuild the existing pedestrian bridge with a fully accessible solution, which is scheduled to complete in late autumn 2018.
The work is part of the Lee Valley Rail Programme and will see the construction of a third track between Stratford and Angel Road, enabling two additional trains per hour. A total of £140m funding is being provided through the programme, which is jointly funded by UK Government, LEAP, Transport for London and Enfield Council.
Improvements will also be made to Northumberland Park station:
- A new island platform will be built with lift and stairs for the third track
- The existing footbridge will be demolished and a new footbridge will be built, accessible by ramps at street level
- The local authority footbridge near to the level crossing will be retained
A third track will enable more train services to run but would result in the level crossing barriers being down more frequently and blocking road traffic for a considerable time, causing traffic congestion. Powers have been granted through a Transport and Works Act Order to close Northumberland Park level crossing permanently to motorised traffic from 1 July 2017. The level crossing will be replaced with a ramped footbridge that is fully accessible and meets the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.
UK Government, the London Local Enterprise Partnership (now known as “LEAP”) and the Mayor of London, Transport for London, local authorities and Network Rail are working together to deliver benefits in the north London corridor which will improve rail services and maximise economic growth, jobs and housing opportunities. The plans will increase rail capacity on the West Anglia Main Line and accommodate proposed plans for Crossrail 2.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This project will deliver significant improvements to the rail network in North London as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. We are creating a bigger and better railway with an extra track allowing more trains to run, which will improve connections to homes and jobs and boost the economy.”
“I realise that the level crossing provides an important route for businesses and homes and understand the impact on the local community during the construction phase. We have worked closely with Haringey Council to plan the work and keep disruption to a minimum.”
Motorists will be diverted to cross the railway using Leeside Road and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the existing grey concrete bridge. From 1 July 2017, a daily mini bus shuttle service will run for those requiring step-free access to cross the railway.
Notes to Editors
Staff will be at Northumberland Park level crossing to answer questions and provide information on the following dates and times:
- Monday 19th June, 7.30 - 9.30am
- Monday 19th June, 4.30 - 7.00pm
- Friday 23rd June, 7.30 - 9.30am
- Friday 23rd June, 4.30 - 7.00pm
- Monday 26th June, 7.30 - 9.30am
- Friday 30th June, 7.30 - 9.30am
- Friday 30th June, 4.30 - 7.00pm
From 1 July 2017, we are running a daily mini bus shuttle service for those requiring step-free access to cross the railway including disabled people, people with health conditions, impairments or learning disabilities, parents with buggies/young children and those carrying bulky luggage.
The mini-bus service will run as follows:
- Available approximately every 20 minutes, seven days a week, between 05:00 – 01:00
- Use Leeside Road as the diversionary route
- The mini-bus will run between Park Avenue Road and Garman Road only
- Temporary bus stop (‘A’) on Park Avenue Road will be located in front of the Tottenham Hotspur FC shop
- Temporary bus stop (‘B’) on Garman Road, will be located next to the grey concrete bridge
Most of the work at the station will take place when railway is open during the week but some work will take place at weekends, so passengers are advised to check nationalrail.co.uk or greateranglia.co.uk to see how their travel might be affected.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.