Let's make the Gap smaller at Crofton Park train station so it's safer to board trains
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I want the 'Gap' - the size of the Platform Train Interface - at Crofton Park railway station to be reduced because it is very large and potentially dangerous for alighting and boarding passengers. It is like simultaneously stepping across a chasm and down from a high step - particularly at the southern end of the northbound platform - when the train doors slide open. It is very inconsistent that Crofton Park station should have ramps giving step-free access to the platform from the street and yet a large gap at the Platform Train Interface. There are a number of junior and infant schools nearby and the need to get buggies and small children off and on trains at this station should be considered.
One solution would be to build a Harrington Hump which would raise the platform height.
This is urgent: this stretch of line - the 'Catford Loop' - is experiencing higher volumes of traffic since hundreds - maybe thousands - of new train-using residents have moved into newly-build accommodation along this line in recent years. They now use its no-more-frequent trains to commute into central London. Current rolling stock, which has replaced the older 'slam door' trains which had steps from the doors to reduce the horizontal and vertical distance to reach the platform edge, means that passengers now have to deal with a larger Gap than in past decades as no change was made to the platform height. Crofton Park is seeing - and has seen - several local housing development schemes springing up in recent years which is bound to increase the number of people using Crofton Park train station.
In conclusion, more-crowded carriages, newer rolling stock which no longer offers steps from the train to the platform, a growing number of train users departing from and disembarking at Crofton Park with an unchanged, large, Gap, are a potentially lethal mix. Something should be done to make the Gap smaller urgently.
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