THE PLATFORMS

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Overview

There are four separate platforms, running east/west, numbered 1 to 4 from north to south.

Platform 1, London Underground Eastbound, runs along the north edge of the station. There are two exits via stairs from the concourse and one entrance. The entrance is in line with the platform, whilst the exits are offset to the north, reached via short passages leading from the platform. The west exit leads from the foot of the steps at the entrance. The east exit is offset north of the platform, in line with the west exit and is reached via a short passage leading from the platform behind (east of) the entrance steps.

Platform 2, London Underground Westbound, is reached via stairs from the concourse. These stairs are divided into two sections and we believe you're meant to keep right.

Platform 3, FCC Southbound, this is adjacent to platform 2, but about 1.5 metres lower, so we can't count this as an island platform. This is reached via short flights of steps from platform 2.

Platform 4, FCC Northbound, runs along the south edge of the station. This is reached by stairs from the concourse, again, these are divided into two sections, keep right.

The west bridge, joins all platforms, looking at the signage, we were given to understand that the official way to reach platform 4 from the concourse was to go along platform 2 to the west bridge and go to platform 4 from there. In retrospect, we think people just go down the steps from the concourse.

To Reach and Leave the Platforms

The stairs between the platforms and concourse are divided into two sections by a central rail, we understand you're meant to keep right. The exception to this is platform 1, where there are two exits and an entrance.

Stairs join the concourse to the platforms as follows:

Platform 1,From the West End

Temporary hoarding extended from the west end of the platform beyond the west bridge. We'll report features from our original survey until we know what has changed.

  slope off end, barrier only partially across
railings
steps up to north, not for public use
steps down to north, not for public use
wall
gap with steps down to north, not for public use
slope down to north, not for public use

The rear of the Circle Line train stops here.

Continuing East

  railings in front of a recess underneath the west bridge
steps from bridge going up west
Hoarding resumes
wall retreats north to foot of steps
billboard
seats
end of hoarding
2 seats
billboard
2 seats
billboards
Tube map
2 seats
west exit, passage to north with stairs going up east to concourse
entrance, stairs straight in front, from concourse
wall beside steps
fire extinguisher
wall retreats north

West Side

  blank door

Continuing North Wall

  east exit, passage to north with stairs going up east to concourse
seats
sand bin
blank door
wall juts out at effective end of platform

Platform 2, from the West End

There were temporary hoardings before and beyond the west bridge at the time of our survey, so we'll report the details from our previous survey until we learn otherwise.

There are various obstacles west of the west bridge, no need to go beyond this point.

  slope off end
railings
intercom
sand bin
3 pillars with metal railings round, under west bridge
wall retreats south

West Side

  stairs to bridge going up west

Continuing South Wall, Beyond the West Bridge

  temporary hoarding
wall juts north

East Wall

  temporary hoarding

Continuing south Wall

  hoarding with Oyster card reader
wall retreats south into first recess

West Side

  six steps going down west to platform 3

South Side

  blank

East Side

  seven steps, down to east onto platform 3

Continuing South Wall, Beyond the First Recess

  pillar
seat
pillar
seat
pillar
seat
pillar
seat
wall retreats south into second recess

West Side

  eight steps going down west to platform 3

South Wall

  gate which can close stairs

East Side

  wall returns with pillar on platform

Continuing South Wall, Beyond the Second Recess

  recess with pillars, no need to go into this
Tube map
wall juts out
seat
wall retreats south into third recess

West Side

  eight steps going down west onto platform 3

South Wall

  gate to close steps

East Side

  2 pillars, platform widens

Continuing South Wall, Beyond the Third Recess

  seat
2 pillars
railings with billboards
2 pillars just north of stairs to concourse

South Wall Continued, Beyond the Stairs to the Concourse

  fire extinguisher
blank door
billboard jutting out

Pillar in the middle of the platform. The wall juts out before the bridge. No need to go beyond this, though the rear of the Metropolitan Line train stops east of this point, under the bridge.

  vent blowing air
Station Supervisor's Office
wall juts out north, under the bridge

East Side

  blank

continuing South Wall, Under the Bridge of the Concourse

  intercom
stretcher

Wall retreats south to "danger" doors on south and east sides.

There's a slope off the end of the platform, very narrow don't go here.

Platform 3, from the West End

There were temporary hoardings from the west end, to the first recess beyond the west bridge. We'll leave details from our former survey, until we know what has changed.

  wall at end
long blank wall with pillars
wall juts south

East Wall

  blank door

Continuing North Wall

  blank wall
wall retreats north

West Side

  blank

continuing North Wall

  railings round 3 pillars
low gate on wall which can close off stairs to west bridge
wall retreats north into first recess

West Side

  temporary hoarding

North Side

  billboard

East Side

  six steps going up east onto platform 2

Continuing North Wall, Beyond the First Recess

  pillar
2 seats
wall retreats north into second recess

West Side

  seven steps, up west onto platform 2

North Side

  blank

East Side

  eight steps going up east onto platform 2

Continuing North Wall, Beyond the Second Recess

  Oyster card reader
London Connections map
billboards
seat
seat
wall retreats north into third recess

West Side

  blank

North Side

  blank

East Side

  eight steps going up east to platform 2

Continuing North Wall, Beyond the Third Recess

  Oyster card reader
fire extinguisher
pillar
seat
seat
intercom

Front of train stops here, before east bridge. Railings jut part way across the effective east end of the platform.

Platform 4, from the West End

There was building work around the west bridge at the time of our survey.

  slope off end
gap leading to blank door
railings with notice boards
steps from west bridge, from the south
car 4 stops here
temporary hoardings
billboard
3 seats
defibrillator
blank door
billboard
blank door
seat
blank door
timetables
seat
fire extinguisher
metal gate, normally open
way to steps to/from concourse
metal gate, normally open
blank door
fire alarm button
blank door

The Bridge crosses the platform as the wall juts north, no need to go east of this point.

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