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 Saturday, November 26, 2005

Bow Road update: Yes, I know Metronet supposedly officially completed their Bow Road station upgrade last month, but there's still been stuff going on at the station over the last few weeks (and stuff not happening too). Here's what:

One 'temporary' blue wall remains outside the station, surrounding a large area where the portakabins used to be. I hope that somebody from Metronet eventually comes back and clears away all the leftover refurbishment equipment and detritus that still litters the space behind the wall because, quite frankly, we'd like our pavement back. Soon.
The new upstairs 'next train' indicator used to be attached flat to the wall, and so was visible across the entire ticket hall. A few weeks ago workmen re-installed and re-positioned the screen so that it points towards the main entrance instead. The 'next train' can now only be viewed by people entering the station, and not by anybody else (including the station staff standing by the barriers the other end of the ticket hall). Brilliant.
The second 'next train' indicator on the eastbound platform, installed last month between pillar number 6 and pillar number 7, is now operational. However, those very same pillars block sight of the 'next train' from almost all of the rest of the platform. Brilliant.
As yet nobody has thought to install a second 'next train' indicator halfway down the westbound platform, where it would be a) visible b) much more useful. Shame.
The paving slabs across the full length of both platforms used to be a very grubby grey, but some serious chemical scrubbing has taken place and they're now a much lighter shade of gleaming grey. Brilliant, even.
The upgrade's still not worth £3.3 million.

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