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Overview

The Main Station

The platforms are numbered 1 to 15 from east to west. (see the General Description Page for more details).

Since platform usage in this station is subject to variation, we suggest you ask someone which platform you're on as you arrive. The doors will open on your left on odd number platforms or right on even numbers, as you face the front of the train.

This station is now gated, except for platforms 1 - 2 which may be guarded by removable barriers when no train is boarding. See our Detailed Description of the main concourse for details.

There are four gate lines across the other platforms, as follows: 3 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 10 and 11 - 15. Although there is room to move between these groups of platforms inside the gates, we suggest you use the gates opposite the platforms you want, this could be easier and safer.

At the time of our survey, March 2013, there was tactile paving along the edges of platforms 1 - 4 and 11 - 15. Tactile paving will be installed on the remaining platforms during the ongoing refurbishment of this station.

The Low Level Station

A single island platform runs east/west with platform 16, eastbound lying north of platform 17, westbound. The doors will open on your right as you face the front of the train. There is no tactile paving along either edge of the platform.

There is stairs and lift access between the platforms and the intermediate level. There is stairs, escalator and lift access between the intermediate level and the low level concourse. There is also stairs, escalator and lift access between the low level and main concourses.

From the Main Station

As this is a terminus station, you continue beyond the front of the trains.

The Virgin, Cross Country and East Coast services will normally arrive at the lower numbered platforms (1 - 5), whilst the higher numbered platforms are served by local, Scotrail services.

Since the ends of the platforms aren't in line, (see our Detailed Description of the Concourse page for details), we suggest you go through the nearest gate line before attempting to turn right. Note that platforms 1 - 2 are not gated and there's a more complex route from platforms 11 - 15, see below.

Platform 15 runs along the left-hand side of the station, whilst platforms 13 - 14 are off the vehicle turning circle. Tracks 12 - 15 end before track 11. There's an L-shaped gate line across platform 11 which is divided into two sections. the one across the end of the platform leads straight into the concourse, whilst from the left-hand section, you'd turn right for the concourse or left for the low level section of the station.

From Platform 15

Go to the end of the platform. The lift to the low level is in front of you. Turn right and continue, across the turning circle, towards platform 11. If you find tactile paving, you're approaching track 13, move left beyond the end of this before continuing forwards.

From Platforms 13 - 14

Continue beyond the end of track 13, to your right, then turn right past the ends of tracks 13 and 12, onto platform 11.

Having reached platform 11, turn left for the gate line. The left-hand gates in each section are normally the ones you need.

To Which Platform?

  Within the Main Station
To the Low Level Station

Within the Main Station

  To platforms 1 - 10
To platforms 11 - 15
To Platforms 1 - 10

Now that the station is gated, it's easier and safer to reverse these directions if you're headed for a lower numbered platform. The following, from low to higher numbers, should serve as a good guide.

Go to the right-hand (east) side of the concourse, turn right and continue to the wall in front of you. This is the end of track 1 Turn right, passing platforms 1 - 2, platforms 3 - 4, West Cornwall Pasty Co. and platforms 5 - 6. Beyond here is a building housing Upper Crust. Turn left, continue to the gate line then turn right across platforms 7 - 8. The end of track 8 is about four metres left of that of track 7.

As you continue from here, you return to the tiled surface of the concourse, whose left-hand side has retreated considerably, a building housing Franco's Italian Cuisine is in front of you to your left. Turn left, passing two rows of pay phones on your left, this brings you to the gate line for platforms 9 - 10.

The left-hand gates of each gate line are normally the ones you need.

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To Platforms 11 - 15

Move to the left-hand (west) side of the concourse and follow this beyond the shops. The building front veers right (southwest) beyond WH Smith. Continue beyond the Transport Police building. If you bear left (about 11 o'clock) from here, you should reach the gate line for platforms 11 - 15. Platform 11 - 12 is an island platform with the gate line around the near right-hand corner. Go through the gates.

For platforms 13 - 15, continue beyond the gate line to your right then turn right behind the escalator well. You're now at the edge of the vehicle turning circle, move forwards a couple of metres then turn left for the island platform 13 - 14. If you find a barrier or low wall in front of you, you're at the end of tracks 12 - 13, move right then continue onto the platform.

For platform 15, continue across the turning circle, to the wall in front of you then turn left onto the platform, which runs along the right-hand wall of the station.

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To the Low Level Station

Via the Lifts

If you need the lifts, go onto platform 15 as described above. The lift to the intermediate level is in the wall to your right as you reach the platform. The call button is to your left of the door.

If you need a ticket, go down to the low level concourse, leave via the same door and turn left for the ticket sales windows, on your left.

Otherwise, go down to the intermediate level, leave via the same door then turn right. Continue to the corner then take the turning left and continue to the lift to the platforms, on your left near the end of the passage. The call button is to your left of the door, go down to platform level and leave via the same door. Platform 16, eastbound is to your right, platform 17, westbound is to your left. We believe you're beside the rear half of westbound or front half of eastbound trains.

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From Platforms 11 - 15

If you're leaving platform 11, you can go through the left-hand set of gates then turn left and continue to the escalators or steps.

From Platforms 1 - 10

Go to the left-hand (west) side of the concourse and turn left. Follow this side of the concourse beyond the shops. Note that the building front veers right (southwest) beyond WH Smith. Continue past the gap with railings beside the road and locate the building with the escalators and steps to the low level concourse, in front of you.

As you face this building, the downward escalator is to your left of the upward one and the steps are to the right of these. Go down the escalator, or three flights of steps to the low level concourse and turn left.

From here you can take the turning rightt for the steps or continue past the ticket sales windows on your left then take the turning left (180 degrees) to the escalator.

Via the Steps

Go down a flight of steps, turn right (180 degrees) and down another flight to the intermediate level.

There are two sets of steps between here and the island platform 16 and 17. At the time of our survey, the first (east) steps were behind the westbound and before the front of the eastbound train. As the signage didn't indicate which of these sets of steps was entrance or exit, we suggest you take the second (west) steps.

From the foot of the steps, go forward about two metres and turn left. The gate line is in front of you with the entrance gates at the left-hand end an the Wide Aisle Gate beyond the pillar at the right-hand end of the gate line. Go through the gates, into the west passage. Continue to the corner, turn left and take the turning right, down two flights of steps onto the platform. Platform 16, eastbound is to your right, whilst platform 17, westbound is to your left. We believe you're about in the middle of the train.

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Via the Escalator

Continue forward from the foot of the escalator towards the west passage. The gate line is in front of you with the entrance gates at the left-hand end an the Wide Aisle Gate beyond the pillar at the right-hand end of the gate line. Go through the gates, into the west passage. Continue to the corner, turn left and take the turning right, down two flights of steps onto the platform. Platform 16, eastbound is to your right, whilst platform 17, westbound is to your left. We believe you're about in the middle of the train.

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From the Low Level Station

We believe the rear of westbound, or front of eastbound trains is beyond the east steps, whilst the west steps are about in the middle of the trains.

Via the West Steps

From the rear of the eastbound train, go towards the front (east); from the front of the westbound train, go towards the rear.

The steps are in the west wall of the building, going up away from the front of westbound trains. Go up two flights of steps, turn left, take the turning right and continue forward to the gate line. There's a Wide Aisle gate to the left of the pillar and the exit gates are immediately to your right of the pillar. Go through the gates and continue to the foot of the escalators. The left-hand escalator is normally the one you need, go up to the low level concourse and turn right, continue, beyond the downward escalator then turn right again (west), past the ticket sales windows then turn right again to the escalators and steps to the main concourse, in front of you. the leftt-hand escalator is normally the one you need, go up to the main concourse.

If you wish to continue up the stairs, turn right at the foot of the escalators, go up a flight of steps, turn left (180 degrees), go up another flight of steps into the low level concourse. Turn left (west) then take the turning right towards the escalators and steps to the main concourse, in front of you. The steps are to your left of the escalators, go up three flights of steps into the main concourse.

Via the East Steps

The east steps are in the near (west) wall of the building beyond the trains. Go up two flights of steps to the intermediate level then turn left.

Note, there is no Wide Aisle Gate in this gate line.

The gate line is in front of you, the left-hand gates are normally the ones you need, go through the gates.

From here, you can continue to the wall in front of you then turn right for the escalator or turn right and continue to the foot of the steps on your right.

The left-hand escalator is normally the one you need, go up to the low level concourse and turn right. Continue beyond the downward escalator then turn right and continue past the ticket sales windows on your right then take the turning right to the escalators and steps to the main concourse, in front of you. The left-hand escalator is normally the one you need, go up to the main concourse.

If you want to use the steps, turn right, go up a flight of steps, turn left (180 degrees) then go up another flight into the low level concourse. turn left then take the turning right towards the escalators and steps to the main concourse, in front of you. The steps are to your left of the escalators, go up three flights of steps into the main concourse.

For Platforms 11 - 15

The gate line to these platforms is to your right, the far (left-hand) gates are normally the ones you need, go through the gates and turn right. From here you can continue towards platforms 11 - 12

For platforms 13 - 15, turn right beyond the end of the barrier on your right. The vehicle turning circle is in front of you with platforms 13 - 14 to your left after a few metres. There's a low wall across the beginning of tracks 12 - 13 and another across the beginning of tracks 14 - 15.

For platform 15, continue to the wall along the side of the station then turn left onto the platform.

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For Platforms 1 - 10

Continue beyond the end of the gate line on your right then turn right.

The building with AMT Coffee juts out in front of you, turn left round this and continue forward, the gates to platforms 9 - 10 are to your right. Turn left again, continue to the end of the wall on your right then turn right, the gates to platforms 7 - 8 are on your right.

The building including Upper Crust is in front of you, turn left round this then turn right again, the gate line for platforms 5 - 6 is on your right, continue past West Cornwall Pasty Co. for the gates to platforms 3 - 4, beyond which is the gap to platforms 1 - 2.

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Via the Lifts

If you're using the lift the door is in the west side of the building between the two sets of steps. The call button is to your left of the door and there are clear verbal instructions. At the top, (intermediate level) you come out through the same (west) door, turn right, turn right again at the corner and locate the lift door on the left-hand side of the passage.

The call button is to your left and there are clear, verbal instructions. Go up to main concourse level and leave via the same door. You're at the beginning of platform 15. turn left, continue across the vehicle turning circle, platforms 13 - 14 are to your right. Continue beyond the beginning of tracks 12 - 13 on your right, onto platform 11. From here, you can turn right onto platforms 11 - 12, or turn left for the gate line.

Continue to the gates in front of you (the gates to your left lead into the route towards the steps and escalators to the low level), the left-hand gates are normally the ones you need. Go through the gates into the main concourse and turn right.

The building with AMT Coffee juts out in front of you, turn left round this and continue forward, the gates to platforms 9 - 10 are to your right. Turn left again, continue to the end of the wall on your right then turn right, the gates to platforms 7 - 8 are on your right.

The building including Upper Crust is in front of you, turn left round this then turn right again, the gate line for platforms 5 - 6 is on your right, continue past West Cornwall Pasty Co. for the gates to platforms 3 - 4, beyond which is the gap to platforms 1 - 2.

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