TfL to investigate Brockley Station overcrowding

Well, I would say this - I've been working here for 18 years, and in 1975 no one died. In 1976, no one died. In 1977, no one died. In 1978, no one died. In 1979, no-one died. In 1980... someone died. In 1981, no one died. In 1982 there was the incident with the pigeon. In 1983, no one died. In 1984, no one died. In 1985, no one died. In 1986... I mean, I could go on.
- Keith Mandement, The Day Today


Following concerns raised by Brockley Central readers on this thread, about potentially dangerous levels of overcrowding during the evening peak time at Brockley Station, TfL has confirmed that it will investigate the issue.

We sent them your comments and in response, a TfL spokesman said:

“The gates at Brockley station were introduced by Southern, and we inherited this system in September 2009. Since then LOROL has been operating the station on TfL London Rail’s behalf, and no accidents have been reported at the station. However, our stations team is due to go on site at Brockley in the next few weeks to observe passenger flows and determine whether action is required there.”

Thanks for your helpful feedback and to TfL for responding so promptly.

13 comments:

osh said...

Well done all!

Ben said...

Nice one Nick. I missed the earlier thread. Definitely needs looking at.

patrick1971 said...

Fantastic quote at the start, Nick, especially given the TfL response!

Brockley Nick said...

@Patrick - I know what they mean, but I can't hear a line like that, without thinking of that scene.

Just thank God there have been no recorded incidents with pigeons, so far...

Anonymous said...

sods law says that there will be a mass flu outbreak and no bugger will be at work. Have to make sure we all take the same train and have lots of bags.

Anonymous said...

You should try Forest Hill station at the moment - the foot bridge to the main exit has been closed for months, so everyone shuffles through a narrow gate on the west side platform to get out. Can get a bit intimate.

ppp said...

I am not going to get too optimistic about this because too often investigation is seen as action, to bodies like tfl. They'll cite that they'd haven't the money, or need to conduct a further review before any tangible changes can be made. Sadly it's only when a person or people have been hurt or killed is action seen as a top priority. And no one wants that.

It's just a shame that when the contracts were drawn out that issues such as overcrowding, functionality of the station layout, entrance & exits don't appear to be part of the service level agreement and so no financial lever than can be used to drive things.

Anonymous said...

why does everythiing have to be an 'elf and safety issue!!! surely it's just blooming inconvenient. It may also be against the law (Disabilities Discrimination Act)as it even more inconvenient for disabled passengers.

Anonymous said...

H&S, fare evasion, inconvinience, the DDA legislation. They are all relevent and need to be balanced by those who manage the system. They have a duty of care for passengers and have to protect revenue so keepind the subsidies (your taxes) down. People do talk a lot of cock about H&S

Ed said...

Love the Coogan quote. I was quite taken a back when someone 'copped a feel' on the crowded stairs the other night...

Monkeyboy said...

@ed, I understand that in Japan there are specialist clubs with fake carriages that cater for that particular fetish......so I'm told.

Anonymous said...

There's an article in The Mercury this week, about this subject.

Anonymous said...

Has the large wheelchair/suitcase/pram friendly ticket gate in the station by the ticket office ever taken less than 2 minutes with repeated swipes to open?

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