The little screens on the ticket gates with a red cross or green arrow which tell you which way the gate is operating are often very difficult to see, especially in bright sunshine, until you're practically at the gate. At busy times this often the cause of congestion, I think.
Turn up the brightness, perhaps?
- 1 Jon Hill reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 19:17 31 Aug 2011
Jon Hill wrote to Network Rail
19:17 31 Aug 2011
Here is the letter that Jon Hill wrote.
Screens (green arrow or red cross) on tickets gates are very faint
Coming in/out of platforms 1-7 is often impeded by not being able to see in which direction a ticket is operating until you are almost on top of it. The green arrow or red cross are extremely faint and are nearly impossible to see if the sun (thanks to the fantastic new roof) is shining.
Any chance of turning up the brightness or fitting sun shades to them?
James Wharton commented
19:06 01 Sep 2011
You are quite right in wanting clearer signals. I think this is a problem at a lot of stations, not just here.
A good move in the long term would be to install overhead screens with arrows. These would be similar to motorway gantry signals - and these work efficiently already. These would have several advantages: they would be visible over crowds' heads, they could be customised with messages, and they could be bright LCD screens with polarising filters to block sunlight. The cost for small screens bought in bulk is not too great.
Another alternative would be to completely cordon off the wrong station entry routes with one-way-only tape barriers, but this could result in fire exit problems.
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