Monday 3 Jul 2017
Tottenham level crossing closed to make way for major railway improvements
A level crossing in Tottenham is now closed and a diversion in place as work gets underway to significantly upgrade the railway in the area.
The level crossing at Northumberland Park station, on Park Lane in Tottenham closed on Saturday, 1 July 2017. Work is now taking place to rebuild the existing pedestrian bridge with a fully accessible solution, which is scheduled to complete in late autumn 2018.
The crossing is temporarily fenced off with concrete blocks and fencing which will prevent any access by car or on foot until the permanent fencing is put in place as part of station improvements.
The work, being delivered by Network Rail, is part of the Lee Valley Rail Programme which 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, London Local Enterprise Partnership (now known as “LEAP”), Transport for London and Enfield Council.
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 were 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.
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
UK Government, the 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: “Now the crossing is closed we can begin work to build a new, fully accessible footbridge. This is part of a wider programme of work to create an extra track which will allow more trains to run, improving connections to homes and jobs and boosting the economy as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. We have worked closely with Haringey Council to plan the work and keep disruption to a minimum.”
Motorists can use Leeside Road to cross the railway and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the existing grey concrete bridge. A daily mini bus shuttle service is in place for those requiring step-free access.
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.