The public transport infrastructure is already in place, with four railway stations and up to 144 buses an hour serving the stadium area. There has been significant investment over recent years, particularly to the Victoria Line which has already improved the quality and frequency of public transport serving the area, and there is much more investment to follow.
Many of the transport improvements being implemented in 2015-2018 were not committed in 2010 when the original planning application was determined by the LBH Planning Committee. Together, the planned and proposed service improvements envisaged in 2010 and the new investment being made by TfL, Network Rail and Haringey Council, will deliver significantly enhanced capacity for the increased number of supporters visiting the new stadium.
The Club is also playing its role with a ‘Green Travel Plan’, detailed transport information on our website and in match programmes, and active travel planning with supporters, rail companies and Transport for London.
The benefits of the transport improvements are already being felt and there has been a significant shift in travel patterns to the stadium area, with fans moving away from their cars and onto public transport. In 2003, over 60% of fans came by car. By 2014, that figure had reduced down to 42% for weekend fixtures and we plan to bring that number down to a maximum of 23% in the future.
Here is how we are going to do it:
The new stadium will be actively promoted as a ‘Public Transport Destination’ – just like Wembley Stadium, with service improvements, new shuttle bus links, better pedestrian connections, real-time travel information points, clear signage and regular transport and station updates on the website, in programmes, and directly to fans in the stadium.
The upgraded Victoria Line has already delivered brand new, faster and higher capacity trains – ending the disruption that supporters have faced for many years and delivering major service improvements. The Victoria Line will become the highest frequency railway in the UK with trains running every 100 seconds, each way, before a midweek fixture and all trains now running the full length of the line to Walthamstow by way of Tottenham Hale.
Improvements at Seven Sisters station interchange are now well underway – with extra stairs from the southbound National Rail Overground station towards the Victoria Line Underground station completed and further work will be undertaken as part of the London Overground devolution to improve the quality of the station facilities for all passengers.
The White Hart Lane station train service is under the control of London Overground in 2015 – with brand new and higher capacity trains, similar to the new Metropolitan Line trains, and station improvements planned. This important project is now being developed by TfL, Network Rail and Haringey Council.
Network Rail are scheduled to introduce ‘three tracking’ for the section through
Tottenham Hale and Northumberland Park – which will entail the reconstruction of Northumberland Park station, and significant frequency improvements for services to Stratford. Construction works are planned to be completed before the new stadium is finished.
Better use will be made of White Hart Lane and Northumberland Park stations – and the Club will work with the two new Train Operating Companies to further improve match-day services and make better use of the 8-car service capacity with new queue management systems in place assisted by club stewards.
White Hart Lane station will be redeveloped – with the creation of a newly-located station entrance, a new ticket hall and wider platform access. This redevelopment forms part of the regeneration plans for the west side of the High Road being led by Haringey Council. A planning application is expected later in 2016 with a target opening date in line with the new stadium.
Northumberland Park station will also be reconstructed – to allow the introduction of a third track. The level crossing will be removed and will be replaced by a new and much higher quality footbridge. On a non-matchday there will be 4 trains an hour each way to and from Stratford.
The removal of the Tottenham Hale Gyratory is now complete – with the final stage having involved the construction of a major bus station at the Tottenham Hale transport interchange. The gyratory removal provides a simple 2-way traffic connection between the station and the stadium area.
Upgrades to the Tottenham Hale station now have full planning and funding approval – and construction has commenced.
The Club will operate two new shuttle bus services – the first service will run from Alexandra Palace station by way of Wood Green (Piccadilly line). The model for this service is the Allianz Park service, which carries more than 3,000 Saracens supporters before and after games. A second service will provide a high frequency link between the upgraded Tottenham Hale interchange (Victoria Line and 6 minutes from Liverpool Street) and the stadium area.
The Club is working with operators to minimise the need for bus diversions on match-days – so they are back operating in the High Road as soon as possible after the final whistle. There will also be increased use of the W3 and new high frequency shuttle bus services connecting to the Piccadilly line, as an alternative to the buses to the Victoria line at Seven Sisters.
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