York Road tube is a lovely example of a Leslie Green designed Picadilly Line station. That line suffered from a surfeit of stations and York Road was closed in 1932. The station survives at The junction of York Way and Bingfield Street/Randells Road. There has been much interest in reopening the station when Kings Cross is redeveloped. It would provide better access to transport for people on Maiden Lane and the Bemerton areas and could help ease congestion in Kings Cross/St Pancras.
The excellent, easy to use Freedom of Information Site – www.whatdotheyknow.com – has helped me get hold of the feasibilty study carried out for TfL by Halcrow Group Ltd. The basic cost is £13million to bring the station up to modern standards and put it back to use. I haven’t had time to study it in detail but the report provides handy facts in the long running campaign to get this station reopened. We need to look at and think about challenging the critical assumptions in the report:
‘Considerable uncertainties exist in the forecasts of future patronage from the redeveloped catchments area, and the extent of additional surface public transport links that would be provided to serve the ‘Kings Cross Lands’ development.
‘The central case passenger demand forecasts indicate that around 9,200 passengers would use York Road Station during the morning peak.
‘An assessment of the impact of re-opening York Road Station on the level of crowding at King’s Cross St Pancras indicates it will provide little in the way of congestion relief.
‘Overall, the scheme performs poorly in economic terms with a negative net present value to society of -£34.1 million and a benefit to cost ratio of merely 0.03:1.’
Views would be very welcome in the comments.
A copy of Volume 1 – the technical engineering bits of the feasibility study is here – beware large file Download technical_prefeasibility_report_revised_april.pdf Volume 1 has some rare photos from inside the station. Here also is volume two, the business case another large file Download york_road_business_case_report__final__2sided.pdf
I also have the annexes – please drop me a mail for a copy – but i have put the Annex with some original drawings up here.