Filling In The Gaps
Thursday, 23 June 2022
Underground Building Overground (2)
Back in the 1960s there was a plan to guild completely over South Kensington stations exposed tracks and platforms. A hotel and flats would have put the whole District/Metropolitan Line complex underground - well, under buildings! But it never happened.
The recent plans are less ambitious, but before we examine what ha been proposed, fbb will take you on a brief tour of the roads that surround the present station.
If you enter the station you will find yourself in a small arcade ...
... serving, of course, the separate operating companies.GREEN); the single storey area including the arcade, now with the name "bullnose", is to be replaced ...
PINK).YELLOW) will stand on the north, presumably using land where the original platform was demolished.
You would guess that the proceeds from this development would pay for the various upgrades to the existing station; and leave quite a bundle of notes for other good things.
The plans have been rejected by Chelsea and Kensington Council but a revised scheme, much the same but in a style "more in keeping with the neighbourhood", seems to be going ahead.
Let us hope that glorious traditional entrances will be retained! Articles and artists' impressions show the arcade (and presumably entrances) as untouched structurally but brightened up visually.
Rail Strike Snippet
Two pictures of a very deserted London Bridge Station on the first strike day.
Transport Policy - Funding.
And a key thought about public transport finances.
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