Memorial at Bethnal Green Tube Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0939
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you support the proposals for the Stairway to Heaven Memorial at Bethnal Green Tube Station. Can you explain London Underground's resistance to the proposals?

Answer

Answer for Memorial at Bethnal Green Tube Station

Answer for Memorial at Bethnal Green Tube Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully support the proposition that there should be a proper memorial to those who died at Bethnal Green on 3 March 1943.London Underground does however, have substantial concerns over the current proposed design, which they have expressed to the Memorial Trust as well as London Borough of Tower Hamlets. I am aware that LU is in continuing dialogue with the Memorial Trust and other relevant agencies about these issues. Such a large physical installation directly above the station entrance staircase could, in LU's experience, have a significant impact on the behaviour of customers entering and exiting the station, particularly if they slowed or stopped as they passed under the memorial, leading to increased congestion and possibly also an increased risk of accidents.I would welcome the local authority, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and Design for London working together to develop an appropriate design at an appropriate location. Just as the memorial to the victims of 7/7 is to be located in a park, this memorial may be better placed in the park adjacent to the station.