The Platforms

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Platforms are numbered 1 to 19 from southeast to northwest, with 1 to 18 sharing island platforms and platform 19 running along the current northwest side of the station. The former Eurostar section lies beside (northwest of) this, whilst track 1 runs along the southeast side of the station.

The platforms leave the concourse, leading southwest before curving left (south) beyond the station. Platforms 1 - 8, being on the inside of the curve, are shorter than the higher numbered ones. The longer platforms sometimes serve two trains.

Each island platform has a stairwell leading to the upper passage of the Waterloo & City Line. These are only open between 06:30 10:30 and 15:30 - 21:30 Monday - Friday. If you need the Waterloo & City Line outside these times, you can reach it via exit 2 or 7, see the Waterloo & City Line page for more details. The exits to the Waterloo & City Line are also signed to Northern and Bakerloo lines.

The access road, which used to enter the station via exit 3 and go through the concourse before running along platforms 11-12 has been removed, though a remnant of it can be found at the start of this platform, leading to the left luggage office.

Platforms 1 - 10 and 15 - 16 have a single entrance/exit. There are separate entrances/exits to platforms 11 and 12; the entrance to platform 12 is also signed as the entrance to platform 13. The normal entrance/exit to platforms 13 - 14 is also indicated as an exit from platform 12. The normal entrance to platforms 17 - 18 is also indicated as the entrance to platform 19, whilst the exit from platform 19 is also signed as the exit from platforms 17 - 18.

At most platforms, you go through an archway with gates that can close the platform. There was temporary scaffolding around some of these at the time of our survey. All platform entrances were staffed at the time of our survey.

There's no tactile paving along the edge of the platforms.

The Platforms, Leading Southwest from the Concourse

Platforms 1 - 2

  slope down
floor surface changes
circular building, staff only, stairs to control room
4 seats
pillar
4 seats
vending machine, facing platform 2
pillar with two phones
stairwell
steps down northeast to Waterloo & City Line, go down 3 x 12 steps
square building, electrical equipment
platform control box, staff only
4 seats
5 lamp posts
slope off end

Platforms 3 - 4

  slight lip, change of floor surface
row of pillars along middle
2 x 4 seats
pillar
4 seats
vending machine, facing platform 3
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 13, 12 then 12 steps
square building, electrical equipment
platform staff room, with customer information
5 large pillars to end

Platforms 5 - 6

  lip and change of floor surface
slight slope up
circular structure, stairs to control room, for staff only
2 x 4 seats with billboard
4 seats
vending machine, facing platform 6
pillar with two phones
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 3 x 12 steps
square building, electrical equipment
small customer assistance booth
temporary staff room
4 x 4 seats
large billboard
bike park
slope off end

Platforms 7 - 8

  lip and change of floor surface
level platform
vending machine, facing platform 7
3 pillars
2 x 4 seats with billboard
2 x 4 seats
pillar with two phones
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 12, 12 then 13 steps
square building, electrical equipment
pillar
rectangular building, first aid station
4 seats
4 pillars
slope off end

Platforms 9 - 10

  lip with change of floor surface
circular structure, stairs to control room, staff only
5 seats
pillar
5 seats
4 seats
pillar with two phones
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 11, 12 then 13 steps
square building, electrical equipment
platform control box, staff only
4 seats
trolley point
4 seats
large billboard
shelter with pillars
post
fire point
front train starts here
platform staff room
platform continues to slope off end

Platforms 11-12

This island platform includes the left luggage office. The road, which used to run through the station can be seen here at the entrance to the left luggage office. The entrances to platform 11 and platform 12 are to either side of this. The remnant of the road descends into a tunnel under the platform.

Platform 11

  no lip or gate at this entrance
left luggage on right with 8 seats
pillar
4 seats
pillar
gap to platform 12
stairwell
fire point, platform 11, pillar with two phones, platform 12
steps to the Waterloo & City Line, go down 12 then 13 steps
4 seats
two rectangular buildings
pillar
rectangular feature, high voltage
2 temporary cabins
front of first train
two grey Portakabins
bike park
slope off end

Platform 12

The entrance to platform 12 is actually opposite the end of tracks 12 and 13, go forward to the rail then go left for platform 12, right for 13.

  no lip no gate
left luggage office on left
road
road goes into tunnel, underneath the island platform, railings beside each side
of tunnel. platform continues, as per platform 11

Platforms 13 - 14

The entrance/exit to this island platform is also an exit from platform 12.

  no gates
pillar with two phones
row of billboards
2 x 4 seats facing platform 13
4 seats facing platform 14
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 12 then 13 steps
pillar
4 seats
square building, electrical equipment
large pillar
orange Portakabin
4 seats
row of pillars to end
slope off end

platforms 15 - 16

  lip and change of floor surface
pillars along middle
pillar with two phones
2 x 4 seats
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 11, 12 then 13 steps
square building,electrical equipment
large orange Portakabin
front train beyond this point
small orange Portakabin
platform continues to slope off end

Platforms 17 - 18

  lip and floor surface change
wall with 2 blank doors on right
pillars and lamp posts along middle
pillar with 2 phones
2 x 4 seats
steps to Waterloo & City Line, go down 10 then 15 steps
2 x 4 seats
orange Portakabin
square building, electrical equipment
rectangular concrete structure, ventilation?
front train beyond this point
4 seats
platform continues with pillars and lamp posts
slope off end

Platform 19

When leaving platform 17 - 18, exit to left, before the wall. You cross the ends of tracks 18 - 19 before turning right into the concourse. The well around the escalators to the Underground station is to your right.

  slightly different floor surface
wall on right with:
4 seats
box, electrical equipment
5 seats, between pillars
3 seats
platform narrows considerably
bike park
pillar with metal grid, in middle
platform continues
slope off end

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