Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017
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, 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.