Seats at Bermondsey station (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-09-15
Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Reference: 
2010/2914
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following the decision to remove the seats at Bermondsey station, which were installed as part of the station design, please state: a) how many seats existed beforehand and how many seats will finally be provided, b) the total length allocated to the initial seats and the length of space that will be allocated to the replacement seats.

Answer

Answer for Seats at Bermondsey station (1)

Answer for Seats at Bermondsey station (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The original perch seating at Bermondsey did not meet LU's standards in terms of accessibility, particularly for people with mobility problems because of the height and the curvature of the perch seats.

Approximately 30 metres of perch seats per platform have been removed, which equates to around 50 'perching spaces' per platform. However in practice, only an estimated 25 of these spaces would have been used at any one time. This was because, aside from the accessibility issues, customers would space themselves out further to maximise their personal space - resulting in less spaces being available overall.

In terms of the new seating, the accessible seats are being installed as per the requirements of LU Standards, which is to provide 24 seats per platform of the type approved for use on LU stations. This is equal to around 14.4m of seating per platform.