Bigger On The Inside Than The Outside
Wednesday 29 September 2021
Battersea Power Station Station (2)
Now that would be the answer to a transport planner's wildest dreams. Plenty of peak hour capacity, no contribution to congestion, no emissions**, free fuel**, computer driven so no need for driver training, minimal parking footprint, and, even better, easily adaptable to low use rural routes.
** The manufacturers, based on Gallifrey, are a little coy about what fuel is used, but we can be sure that a 25th century vehicle would, by definition, be very low emission. The coal mines on Gallifrey were destroyed in the Great Time Wars and the oil reserves were stolen in one of the many Dalek invasions.
On a less fanciful note, the builders of London's Underground were determined to make an impact with their station design. There was initial consumer resistance to descending into the dark and creepy Stygian Gloom to take a ride.
The City and South London Railway (which begat today's Northern Line) commissioned some snazzy station buildings.
... and, today, even after gaining the surround of a block of red-brick flats ...
Even the humble Clapham Common station, which was squeezed into a tiny triangle of land ...
But, because it still has lifts ...
Firstly in Kennington Park ...
Much the same happens at Kennington Park near the junction of Kennington Park Place and Agnes Road (map, centre right). This was on the outbound tunnel.
There is an awful lot more "down below".
Here is a video of a visit well before the job was complete.Did you spot that the extension tunnels are bigger than standard to provide for a walkway for ease of escape in an emergency? Better safety but more cost for any new tube project to carry; so don't expect a rush of new tube lines in the near future!
There may be little future in the idea to extend the new line from Battersea Power Station station to Clapham Junction station.
In the Google Earth download, the former power station is top right and the junction bottom left. (click on the aerial view for an enlargement).
Whatever? there is more to a "simple" new bit of underground than just a couple of tunnels and two stations.
Tomorrow we go to the Races - historically and virtually!
Next North East blog : Wednesday 30th September