Highbury and Islington station match day overcrowding (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3028
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In your response to my question 2017/2197 you said that you had asked Transport for London (TfL) to ask Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to explore the feasibility of making Drayton Park station suitable for match day use. Has TfL taken this action yet and if so what was the GTR response? If not, when will this action be taken?

Answer

Answer for Highbury and Islington station match day overcrowding (2)

Answer for Highbury and Islington station match day overcrowding (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) has discussed the opening of Drayton Park station on Arsenal match days with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). 

The station has a relatively narrow platform and staircase width. Its weekend train service is four trains an hour with relatively short trains. The concern is that this fairly low capacity service would be quickly overwhelmed by a match crowd, and the station could therefore have to close to maintain customer safety.

GTR proposes to increase train frequencies from next year, and have confirmed they will revisit opening the station on match days then.