Accessible Attractions

INTRODUCTION

This post is setting the scene for what will be a series of posts featuring attractions located close to stations which are fully accessible for disabled people.

INSPIRATION FROM A BLOG POST

I spotted a link on my twitter feed this morning to a post by Disabled Go entitled “Top 10 Accessible London Attractions”, which was the genesis of the idea for this series. The post gives outline details of the attraction and a link to details on accessibility. After due thought on how to share that information on this site (whether to do so was not even an issue) I came up with:

  1. Create a specific page called Attractions and category called “Accessible Attractions” (check)
  2. Create this introductory post (check)
  3. Create posts about each attraction, mentioning the closest stations and linking to other relevant posts on this site (will do in due course)

Thus, in due time a further ten posts will definitely be appearing, with more possible.

Mile End

INTRODUCTION

This post looks at one of the more distinctive stations on the system. I have some good illustrations for you.

THE HISTORY

The original station was opened in 19o2 serving the District line, as that line expanded east. In 1936 services on what was then the Hammersmith & City section of the Metropolitan line started calling there as that route was extended along the line of the District to Barking. Finally, in 1946, as part of an extension to enable Central line trains to run over former Great Eastern Railway tracks to Ongar, that line came to Mile End in 1946. This history creates a…

UNIQUE INTERCHANGE

Mile End is the only place you can make a cross-platform underground interchange between a ‘tube’ railway (the Central) and a ‘subsurface’ railway (District or Hammersmith & City). All other situations where this is possible (e.g District & Piccadilly at Barons Court are surface level stations).

STEP-FREE ACCESS: A PETITION

Although much progress has been made in recent years, London Underground is still a long way from being fully accessible to disabled people (and that is an understatement – see here), and one station that at present falls short is Mile End, which is the subject of this petition, which I have previously shared here.

UNIVERSITY AND ILLUSTRATIONS

Just before showing you the pictures, Mile End is home to Queen Mary University. Now for the pictures…

Modern connections around Mile End
Modern connections around Mile End
The history.
The history.
An image of the station front, courtesy of google maps.
An image of the station front, courtesy of google maps.
Mile End on Google Earth
Mile End on Google Earth