The truth about the planned tower block above Tottenham Hale station

A new Tottenham Hale tube station is welcome. The current one is inadequate for the present level of use.

However, the TFL planning application approved by Haringey Council doesn't meet commuters demands for significant extra space at the tube gates or the accepted need for a third Victoria Line escalator. Further, the proposed bridge to Hale Village is not step-free and even the new wide station entrance has steps, with a ramp for wheelchair access to side side.

A big noise is made about the large new ticket hall, but that doesn't hide that it is the foundations for a tower block above. Haringey Council and TFL might be shy about the reality of the plans for the approved 'over-station development', but there is no secret about it. I have attached an artistic impression of it, and you can also see a different version on the 'Tottenham Open for Business' promo video produced by Haringey Council.

A TFL official told me that the engineer calculation is that a maximum nine storey building is what the structure can take. And I was told not to be alarmed at that because it isn't as high as Hale Village. Though I am concerned at the height, and don't believe that because the Hale Village buildings have spoilt the sky view that it is ok to skyscraper over the Lea Valley.

The new station is more about TFL exploiting its locations for property incomes by building a mini shopping mall - yes, more and bigger retail units being built too - than substantially improving tube access for commuters. Good news for TFL retail revenues, but bad news for TFL commuters.

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