Search

Finsbury Park travel chaos nothing to do with Wells Terrace closure, says TfL

PUBLISHED: 18:41 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 19:00 22 November 2016

Travel chaos at Finsbury Park station on Tuesday morning. Picture: Darren Maggs

Travel chaos at Finsbury Park station on Tuesday morning. Picture: Darren Maggs

Archant

Thousands of rush-hour commuters may be enduring soul destroying journeys on a regular basis, but transport bosses insist there’s no problem with Finsbury Park station.

This week people have had to queue for 20 minutes just to get a glimpse of the ticket barriers while others found the station closed completely due to overcrowding, which TfL put down to delays on the Tube.

The commuters, however, believe the closure of the Wells Terrace entrance in July may have something to do with it, because it has left just one entrance open during rush hour – until 2019.

Some said this morning’s chaos was the worst they had ever seen and called on TfL to act on the major safety risk.

Patrick Baker wrote on Twitter: “Yet again wholly inadequate crowd management at #FinsburyPark station with no info provided for 100’s of passengers locked outside.”

James Francis Kenny told TfL: “Whatever you’re doing to manage traffic into Finsbury Park isn’t working.”

Another fed up commuter, Blandine Avot, hit out at the travel costs she was having to pay for such a nightmare journey. She said: “Another day starting with chaos at #FinsburyPark station. Can’t get to work while I spend loads on my monthly ticket. Again. #NotFair.”

Luke Harper added: “1 exit closed till 2019 and 3 out of 4 staircases out of action. Which genius devised this idea at Finsbury Park?”

TfL told the Gazette the problem was not the station only having one entrance, but delays on the Victoria Line which also affected Oxford Circus and Victoria – though most stations were not forced to close.

A spokesman said: “We close the entrances to manage the amount of people on the platform. We do it on a day to day basis and we make sure we’re keeping it as safe as we can.

“The station staff are experienced and they know how many people can be on the platform. With the station entrance opening in 2019 there will be more space. The Victoria Line is very overcrowded. It is nothing to do with the station entrances, it is to do with the Victoria Line.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 4 Liverpool 1

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the quality of their performances during his side’s 5-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday lunchtime.

Arsenal beat Everton 5-2 in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off at Goodison Park after falling behind to a superlative goal from Wayne Rooney.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

National League: Leyton Orient Macclesfield Town X1

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Spurs still have injury problems ahead of Liverpool match with Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele still on the sidelines

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The O’s head coach has a nice selection headache ahead of hosting the National League leaders

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Alexander’s eyes darted around as he spoke. He was young but had experienced a lot in his three decades.

“I was born in Belgrade”, he said. “I have never moved from my homeland. But I have lived in four countries in my life.”

Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro as the Former Republic of Yugoslaiva, then Serbia and Montenegro, before simply Serbia.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A City of London running event is breaking new ground with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to help cover its costs.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists