Recently I had an appointment at the Gartnavel Hospital, in Glasgow, and I walked to it from Partick (south). The most direct route is through Hyndland station, map below. The following photos show that this route has multiple steps and poor social safety. Given the type of people needing access to the hospital steps could be a real barrier, not to mention bike access.
Spot the desire line!
This looks safe at night… An example of Ian Rankin infrastructure?
So what if you can’t manage steps or don’t feel safe using the underpass? Here are the alternatives:
Option 1: Use the station lifts
This will bring you out at the top of the steps shown in the first photo. This does rely upon the lifts being in operation and if you don’t know the area you may have reached the steps before realising they were there.
Option 2: Head towards Great Western Road
Both routes are lengthy diversions adding almost twice the distance and as is the case in Glasgow, not many pavements are passable for those in wheel chairs and thereby increasing the risk you won’t be able to get to your destination.
So what can be done about it? Lets take a look Google satellite of the station.
The steps highlighted are those seen in the second photo.The green area highlighted could be opened up to remove the underpass and in its stead a ramp could be constructed. The steps in the first photo could simply be removed with ground levelling works.
This would only help this particular part of the site and there is still limited permeability for cyclists and pedestrians on other parts which should be addressed.