This is a through station on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines, which run approximately east/west through the station.
The Circle and District lines share an island platform 1 - 2 with platform 1, westbound lying south of platform 2, eastbound. This island platform is configured such that platform 1 is set a few metres west of platform 2. Therefore, the east end of platform 2 extends beyond that of platform 1 and the west end of platform 1 extends beyond that of platform 2.
The Piccadilly Line is served by separate platforms, such that platform 3, westbound lies beneath platform 4, eastbound.
The entrance from the shopping mall is via steps into the northwest corner of an irregular shaped concourse, whilst the exit leaves, via steps from the southwest. The Circle and District line, platforms 1 - 2 are reached via steps from the northeast corner of the concourse, whilst the Piccadilly Line can only be accessed via escalators. The escalators from the concourse leave from the southeast corner to an intermediate level. A second set of escalators join this to a lower level between platforms 3 - 4. From here, steps lead down to platform 3, up to platform 4.
The intermediate level can be reached via steps from platforms 1 - 2, though there is no escalator-free access from here to the Piccadilly Line.
There is no step-free access through this station and only escalator-free access to the Circle and District lines. We therefore believe this station is inaccesible to wheelchair users, whilst only the Circle and District Line platforms are accessible to Guide Dogs, unless relevant escalators are stopped.
The Subway to Museums leaves from the north side of the concourse, to your left, just before the ticket sales machines as you enter the station. This subway affords stairs-only access to street level. See the Environs page for details.
SOUTH KENSINGTON STATION
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