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We need transport planners to be able to think ahead

11 October, 2018

• THE long-overdue station transformation at Gospel Oak will require a new booking office to support five platforms, acquiring land opposite Gordon House Road, retaining access and egress for J Murphy & Sons.

The pressure on Euston and the Victoria and Northern lines will be eased considerably by a new route, from Old Oak or Willesden Junction low level to Blackhorse Road, and by restoring the link to Thameslink, Kentish Town, from Upper Holloway.

Improved connectivity provided by electrifying the Gospel Oak-Barking line (Goblin) will lead to more routes and more trains. All of these routes have exponential growth or growth potential. If things are successful they fund themselves.

It would be remiss to lose experienced staff by closing the current booking office. I’d be looking to make it a hub and transferring staff from the other NLL station booking offices in Camden.

If cost is a problem then a click-and-collect service could finance the staff retention, from one or more supermarkets in the station plaza.

The days of twiddling thumbs are gone. We need people at Transport for London, Arriva and London Overground who think ahead. Everything done to improve these lines is a reaction to trends a 10-year-old could predict with the last 10 years’ data.

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