The local community has long wanted to improve the experience of walking under the tube track between two areas of East Finchley split by the northern line. They use it hurriedly, to get to work and school, it is unkempt and intimidating. Many avoid it.
The route of the underpass between Manor Park Road and Trinity Road includes a number of switchback corners which reduce visibility and sense of security, the result of evolution from field path to railway crossing to underpass. Our proposal introduces small changes; a new porous surface, a softly lit handrail, reflective surfaces, planting, a play path for children, sculptural and poetic moments. These make functional improvements to the retaining walls, lighting, drainage and visibility. They also introduce elements of delight that will encourage more confident use of the underpass.
The project will be realised through a collaboration between Grange Big Local, Barnet, TfL and local communities.
Check out Grange Big Local's website here 🡢
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