The Metropolitan Line Platforms 1 and 2

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Overview

This section of the station is on two levels. Level -1 is the area inside the gates of the Western Concourse, whilst Level -2 is platform level.

Steps from the east and west sides of the Level -1 area go down to platform level, such that there are two portions of the central reservation at Level -2 in the island platform. We'll call these the east and west sections. There is lift access only to the west section.

Steps go up from the east section to an emergency exit and a route to the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. This is actually the two flights of 11 steps we used to use!

There is tactile paving along the edge of these platforms.

To Reach

From the Western Concourse, go through the gates (south). From here, you can turn either left or right and go down steps to platform level. Platform 1, westbound lies south of platform 2, eastbound.

From the Level -2 section of the Tube Concourse, go up the six steps to your left before the gate line. These lead you south, via a short passage which brings you to the top of the 2 x 11 steps leading down west into the east section of the central reservation.

The Level -1 Section

There are three pillars, north/south across the middle of this space, the north pillar is outside the gates, opposite gate 6.

West Side, Going South

  blank door
security screen
blank door
blank wall
two sets of steps down west to the west section, go down 13 then ten steps west
passage leading west to lift, go down slight slope, button left of door

South Side, Going East

  billboard
fire extinguisher
Tube Map
billboard
steps to east section

At the time of our survey, there was no indication of which is intended to be entrance or exit.

East Side, Going North

  two sets of steps down east, go down 13 then 13 steps
blank wall
blank door
fire extinguishers
control box
gate line

The East Section of the Central Reservation

North Side, Going East

  fire extinguishers
normally open fire doors across
entrance to eastbound, platform 2
3 billboards
2 billboards
entrance to eastbound, platform 2

The concourse widens to each side with three pillars along the middle, north/south, two to your left (north) one on your right (south).

West Side

  end of platform

Continuing North Side

  2 blank doors
wall juts out
2 blank doors

East Side

  steps up to emergency exit and Tube Concourse

South Side, Going West

  2 blank doors
billboard
help point
pay phone
entrance to westbound, platform 1
billboard
help point
3 billboards
entrance to westbound, platform 1
through fire doors
defibrillator
Tube map
fire alarm
steps up west to Level -1

To the Tube Concourse

You go up 11 steps, blank door on left, then 11 steps, going east to a passage running north/south. At the south end is an emergency exit.

Going north: from the Top of the Steps

  blank door on left (west)
through fire doors
blank wall on right (east)
down six steps going northeast into the Level -2 section of the Tube Concourse

The West Section of the Central Reservation

East Side, Going South

  2 sets of steps from Level -1
passage to lift, call button on right

South Side, Going West

  help point
Tube map
through fire doors
entrance to westbound, platform 1

West Wall

  3 Tube maps and clock

North Side, Going East

  entrance to eastbound, platform 2
through fire doors
fire hydrant
3 fire extinguishers
steps up east to level -1

Platform 1, Metropolitan Line Westbound, From the West

  barrier at end
2 billboards
blank door
Tube map
help point
billboard
billboard
2 benches
billboard
billboard
entrance from west section
3 billboards
seats
billboard
billboard
help point
Tube map
blank door
billboard
billboard
seats
billboard
help point
entrance from east section
3 billboards
billboard
Tube map
5 billboards
exit to east section, with pillar in middle
barrier at end

Platform 2, Metropolitan Line Eastbound, From the West

  barrier at end
4 billboards
blank door
Tube map
help point
billboard
billboard
seats
billboard
billboard
Tube map
entrance from west section
3 billboards
seats
billboard
billboard
help point
2 billboards
blank door
Tube map
billboard
billboard
seats
Tube map
help point
Tube map
entrance from east section
2 billboards
Tube map
2 billboards
exit to east section
tactile paving
barrier at end

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