THE BAKERLOO LINE PLATFORMS

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Overview

These are separate platforms, at different levels such that the northbound, platform 3 lies at a lower level than and slightly southwest of the southbound, platform 4.

The platforms curve through the station as part of their curve between Embankment, north of west and Lambeth North, to the south. The platforms are staggered such that the southbound platform is located slightly behind (anti-clockwise round the curve from) the northbound.

There is tactile paving along the edge of each platform.

Note that there is step-free access between the intermediate level and the southbound platform.

To Reach

To the Southbound, Platform 4

From the entrance to southbound, the first passage leading southwest from the foot of the escalators from the Shell Centre entrance, (which is the third passage on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse), you leave the intermediate level concourse, going southwest, up a slope with a rail to each side, onto the platform near the rear of the train.

To the Northbound, Platform 3

Enter the second passage, leading southwest, from the foot of the escalator from the Shell Centre concourse, (which is the second passage on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse), follow the right-hand side, turn right (northwest), past a map of the Bakerloo Line on your left, then turn left again (southeast). Go down 11 steps, going southwest, down a slope, then up a slope onto the platform. There’s a metal barrier in front of you. You’re beside the front of the train.

Note that you could continue, past the right turn, up nine steps onto the southbound, platform 4. This is the second passage from the rear of the train.

To Leave

From the Southbound, Platform 4

Via the Second Passage from the Rear of the Train

Although this is signed as an entrance from the intermediate level concourse, it's signed as an exit from this platform. You leave going northeast, there's a rail each side, go down nine steps, going northeast. Continue northeast, past the entrance to the northbound and a blank door on your left, into the intermediate level concourse. This is the second passage on your right from the foot of the escalator from the Shell Centre concourse, the second on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse.

Via the Second Passage from the Front of the Train

You leave going northeast, go gown a slight slope then down nine steps, going northeast, into a double passage with pillars along the middle. There's a help point on your right (southeast). Pass the passage leading right to the out of use escalators continue into the intermediate level concourse, this is the first passage on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse.

Via the Passage Neareast the Front of the Train

You leave east along a passage with a rail to each side, sloping down. The passage veers left (northeast). Continue to the wall in front of you then turn left and take the turning right into the intermediate level concourse. This is the first passage on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse.

From the Northbound, Platform 3

Via the Passage Nearest the Rear of the Train

You leave going east, go down eight steps, going east, the passage veers left (northeast), go up 18 steps, going northeast, billboards each side. Continue northeast, past two escalators (not in use) to your right. Turn left then take the turning right into the intermediate level concourse. This is the first passage on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse.

Via the Middle Passage

You leave going northeast, down a slope, then up a slope and up 11 steps, going northeast into the left-hand side of a double passage with pillars along the middle. Continue forward into the intermediate level concourse. This is the first passage on your left from the foot of the escalators from the Underground concourse.

The Northbound, Platform 3, from the Front

There are three entrances/exits from this platform. We'll consider that nearest the front of the train as the entrance, whilst the other two can be regarded as exits. Suffice to say, the signage is misleading. We understand the exit nearest the rear of the train was intended for the former Eurostar section of the station, though you can continue into the intermediate level concourse.

  wall at end
entrance
Tube map
4 seats
Tube map
barrier along middle of platform
entrance/exit, Jubilee Line, Northern, Waterloo & City and National Rail
Bakerloo Line train information
billboard
4 seats
2 billboards
2 billboards
4 seats
2 billboards
help point
passage, entrance/exit
4 seats
fire equipment behind doors
4 seats
help point
4 seats
4 seats
wall juts out
wall at end

The Southbound, Platform 4, from the Rear

There are four entrances/exits from this platform. The one nearest the rear of the train is an entrance from the intermediate level concourse, whilst the second offers a route via steps to the intermediate level concourse and northbound platform. We presume the remaining two are exits, though the signage is misleading, including a reference to British Rail! We understand that the exit nearest the front of the train was intended for the former Eurostar section of the station, though this does offer a step-free route to the intermediate level concourse.

  wall at end
blank wall
platform widens
4 seats
entrance from intermediate level concourse, exit to Northern and Jubilee lines
help point
4 seats
2 billboards
4 seats
2 billboards
exit, marked National Rail
Tube map
4 seats
Tube map
help point
exit to mainline station, Northern Line and Waterloo & City Line
4 seats
blank door
stretcher and fire equipment, behind doors
exit to British Rail
help point
2 billboards
4 seats
2 billboards
4 seats
posters
4 seats
platform narrows
blank door
billboard
wall at end

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