Platforms 1 and 2

Describe Online

To Reach

Assuming the anti-clockwise traffic flow through the station, we presume the steps up to the right (west) are the entrance. Go up 15 then 15 steps, going west, from the main corridor, onto the middle of the island platform.

To Leave

Assuming the anti-clockwise traffic flow through the station, we presume the steps going down to the west are the exit. From the middle of the island platform, go down 15 then 15 steps, going west, into the main corridor. These steps are divided into two sets by a central rail.

General Information

There is clear tactile paving along each edge of the platform and a metal drainage grating runs along the middle of the open sections. There is no tactile paving at the foot or top of the steps between the platform and the main corridor. Each set of steps is divided into two by a central rail.

All features are in the middle of the island unless stated otherwise.

Since the buildings exhibit different features on each platform, we've departed from our usual practices and described the buildings in total rather than as isolated features along each platform.

The Island Platform, From the East End

  slope off end
lamp post with end of platform notice
name board with a post at each end
lamp posts with name boards to left and right
covered area starts

This covered area extends to each edge of the platform.

  pillar on each platform
bike rack

The First building

East Side

  blank wall

North (Platform 1) Side, Going West

  fire alarm
blank door
wall with windows
blank door
wall with windows
slight slope up

South (Platform 2) Side, Going West

  gents toilets
bench
ridge across platform
first class lounge
2 benches
blank door

West Side

  lift, call button north (platform 1) side of the door

Second Building

East Side

  lift, call button north (platform 1) side of the door

North (Platform 1) Side

  bench
blank door

South (Platform 2) Side

  bench

West Side

blank wall

Continuing West, Beyond the Second Building

  pillar, on each platform
steps down (exit)

The East Stairwell

North (Platform 1) Side

  trolley point
weighing machine

South (Platform 2) Side

  bench

West Side

  bench

Continuing West, Beyond the East Stairwell

  2 pillars
departure screens, facing west
cross-shaped information board

The West Stairwell

East Side

  Upper Crust kiosk

North (Platform 1) Side

  pillar
departure screens, facing east
bench

South (Platform 2) Side

  kiosk
2 benches

Third Building

East Side

  coin and card phone on each corner
ladies toilet door between these

North (Platform 1) Side

  3 seat bench
door to waiting room
6 seat bench
3 seat bench
wall with windows

South (Platform 2) Side

  departure screen
bench
waiting room door
3 benches
charge man's office;
bench
duty manager's office
bench
2 blank doors
2 benches

West Side

  blank door

The end of this building is the end of the public part of this platform, beyond this is a display board, giving departures, facing east. This area seems to be reserved for preparing trains prior to departure. The train will move towards the east end of the platform for boarding.

Fourth Building

East Side

  blank door

North (Platform 1) Side

  bin area

South (Platform 2) Side

  blank wall

West Side

  bins

Continuing West from the Fourth Building

  departure screen
notice and name boards
pillar, on each platform
name board
pillar, each platform
name board
pillar, each platform
covered area ends
series of lamp posts
name board
slope off end

The platform narrows from the platform 1 side toward the west end.

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CARDIFF Central Station

© 2004, Terry Robinson