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November 11 2021

Croy station upgrades to improve accessibility

IDP Architects have filed plans to overhaul Croy Station through the installation of an open footbridge and lift as part of a UK-wide initiative by the department for transport to provide unobstructed access to stations.

Enhanced design standards in the 'Access for All' mandate include being accessible by self-propelled wheelchairs, ideally with a maximum distance of 400m between drop-off points and trains.

Comprising twin lift towers joined by a stair parapet finished in telegray polyester coated cladding panels the new link will be centred over the middle of the station, replacing a ramped footbridge to the east which requires passengers to move off-site.

Located on the Glasgow to Edinburgh mainline preparatory works are expected to get underway by the end of the month.

North Lanarkshire Council is considering the request.

16 Comments

Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 11 Nov 2021 at 13:24 PM
Low rent design -- only 15 years late and where is the roof?

Surely with our weather open wet steps with people in a hurry is a recipe for disaster?
Ross Mitchell
#2 Posted by Ross Mitchell on 11 Nov 2021 at 14:53 PM
looks identical to what was built @ Westerton station in Bearsden
Angus MacTavish
#3 Posted by Angus MacTavish on 11 Nov 2021 at 14:55 PM
Putting a roof on structures like this could make it a magnet for anti-social people to loiter.
Paul
#4 Posted by Paul on 11 Nov 2021 at 15:20 PM
#3 agreed.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#5 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 11 Nov 2021 at 15:28 PM
The Holy City does not do anti-social behaviour.

Next you will be telling us that the working class don't deserve indoor baths / bathrooms as they will just store coal in them.

Politics 1921 not 2021.
Aye right.
Andy
#6 Posted by Andy on 11 Nov 2021 at 18:17 PM
Why run design ideas competitions but then deliver the same old, low budget stations like these. https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/network-rail-and-riba-announce-railway-station-design-competition-winner
Rod
#7 Posted by Rod on 12 Nov 2021 at 06:57 AM
Looks identical to what was build at Robroyston recently.

ACH
#8 Posted by ACH on 12 Nov 2021 at 08:38 AM
It's a footbridge with lifts over rail tracks, built as part of a UK-wide initiative by the department for transport - of course it looks the same as other footbridges with lifts over rail tracks also built, presumably, as part of the same initiative also by the department for transport.
Steve Jobs
#9 Posted by Steve Jobs on 12 Nov 2021 at 10:35 AM
#8 totally agree. Honestly people pick your battles!
Fat Bloke on Tour
#10 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 12 Nov 2021 at 10:38 AM
Standard design -- fair enough / it cuts costs and it aids long term maintenance.

Just a case of why can't the standard design be upgraded to include a roof from now on?

The cost would be minimal and it would increase the utility of the structure and reduce the risk of trips and falls.

We live in wet climate -- why don't we design for that?
Hamish Ashcroft
#11 Posted by Hamish Ashcroft on 12 Nov 2021 at 11:11 AM
I agree #10. The cost of new rail infrastructure is way way too high, and anything to lower costs is a good thing. Most of the time, a footbridge is a footbridge, better to get an economy of scale and do lots of the same design, than try and come up with a bespoke and vastly more expensive solution every time
Fat Bloke on Tour
#12 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 12 Nov 2021 at 15:06 PM
A cover / roof on a footbridge and two sets of stairs should not cost an arm and a leg.

Two sets of wet stairs and a wet bridge dealing with people in a hurry will cost quite a few legs and the odd arm.

Half a job at best -- we live in a wet country.
Ross Mitchell
#13 Posted by Ross Mitchell on 15 Nov 2021 at 09:12 AM
I'm not against adding a covering, but given the majority of the platform at these stations are uncovered, it would seem a bit odd.
Whispering Andy
#14 Posted by Whispering Andy on 15 Nov 2021 at 13:58 PM
Whisper it.....but we have survived in Scotland without having a roof over every pedestrianised area! What a lot of old tosh. Roofs also introduce a whole host of additional work and potentially change it to an internal space.

Fat Bloke on Tour
#15 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 15 Nov 2021 at 22:05 PM
Low rent / poor quality public realm -- the mark of a second rate country run by pen pushers throughout the ages.

Or public squalor / private affluence is the way we do things as they celebrate in Bearsden / Drymen / Newton Mearns.

We are a wet country and need to design our public spaces accordingly.

Ned Central
#16 Posted by Ned Central on 16 Nov 2021 at 18:38 PM
3. Maybe remove the shelters at all stations, and the roofs over the train carriages for the same reason that they might attract undesirables? - A roof would make it more difficult to throw traffic cones at the trains.

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