Haute Tension at Brockley Station

Jake recorded this at Brockley Station, ratcheting up the tension in a scene reminiscent of the Untouchables or Sleepers, If this doesn't prompt the immediate prioritisation of step free access on the West Side, then nothing will.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are we ever gonna get a west-side entrance? It's a bit ridic to cross a bridge, go through the ticket gates, then cross a bridge to get to the same side to catch a train in the morning!

Loch Ness said...

Of the the Untouchables was referencing the Odessa steps sequence to Eisenstien's montage classic The Battleship Potemkin.

Geoffrey Rd Nick said...

My palms were sweating. Although Brockley Nick - you are inviting the film graduates' wrath in not mentioning the Odessa steps sequence in Battleship Potemkin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lk75ycHH3w

pip said...

Whew - high drama indeed. The guy behind was a bit slow in helping out, wasn't he?

Agree we need access from both sides soonest.

Brockley Nick said...

@GN - so I see. I knew it was a reference to something (after all, most De Palma scenes are), but didn't know it was that.

Anonymous said...

Heh, I recognise some of the people in that video!

But yes, ridiculous state of affairs. Sort it out, TFL! (It is their responsibility now, isn't it?)

Anonymous said...

How old is this station? People have been coping with the steps for all thaat time...whats the matter with everybody, get a grip. He could have used an old fashioned BR trolley with longer handles, or if he had to be 'uptodate' he could have used a trolley designed for steps. Either way its no drama, a bit much to compare it with Battleship Potemkin.

Anonymous said...

The station is now at much higher capacity - with the overground and many more people moving to the area. It really needs to be upgraded.

Anonymous said...

"Either way its no drama, a bit much to compare it with Battleship Potemkin."
Yes it is, well done Captain Literal.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid better west side access simply isn't a priority in such austere times.

Anonymous said...

Only just seen the carbunkle they've put at the entrance where the bike shed used to be, such an eyesore. Is that really necessary to house a couple of ticket barriers?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't complain too muuch - easier to go back to a platform without any food or drink sales than to sort it.

Anonymous said...

Notice how many of the self-proclaimed humanitarians of Brockley strolled past without helping, clutching onto their ethically purchased bags.

Doh! said...

Notice the trite anons making weak assertions based on their own worldview.

Mb said...

How old is the station, quiet old. We now have modern standards of access and safety. 150 years ago if you were disabled or infirm - tough. Things have moved on.

Anonymous said...

Sorry did I miss something? I assumed the chap in the yellow vest was able-bodied but ill or under equipped for the task. Pretty soon we'll be demanding the abolition of stairs and moving pavements. Not Potemkin, more 5th Element.

Mb said...

Yep, you missed the wider point. In the 21st century its right and proper that we invest to make public (chew on that word for a second) transport accessible to as many people as possible. Like shops, hospitals, schools, workplaces. Being in a wheelchair should not have to exclude you from a desk job 5 miles away. Sorry if that's seems like a mere pipe dream.

Anonymous said...

Tsk tsk. You're providing links to sites that provide illegal access to copyrighted material. Expect a knock on the door...and extradition to the States.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I didn't notice the wheelchair.

TM said...

Of course you didn't there's no access for them......

MB's point exactly!

;0)

Anonymous said...

I don't think I dreamt it as am sure I saw a poster in the ticket office saying there would be step free access from the west side in the next few months.

Anonymous said...

Is there a plan for an entrance on the West side?

Anonymous said...

Looks like some more exciting changes are in the pipeline for Brockley.

Fasten your seatbelts.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this about the tea/coffee place that used to be on the other platform? Looks like a delivery of provisions to me.

And I don't see any babies in prams...

Brockley and New Cross Bags said...

I'm sure this came before Battleship Potemkin, no? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLVXgs5BS-M

Anonymous said...

Sure the middle class gems on here could do a whip round to pay for one? There's many stations around the country, not to mention South East that have not got step free access. There's plans for the future but not immediate...

middle class spokesperson said...

We hope you do not end up in a wheel chair, anon.

Anonymous said...

Or indeed sleeping with the fishes!

Anonymous said...

Back in October I contacted "Railways for All" about plans for step-free access at both Brockley & Honor Oak Park stations. The reply below suggests there are plans afoot, but it'll take a while!

"The 2 stations you are enquiring about are both included in the Access for All programme. The aim of the programme is to deliver an accessible, step-free route from the main station entrance to and between each of the platforms. Both stations are currently scheduled for the works to be delivered from January 2013 and to be completed by January 2014."

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