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 Thursday, December 10, 2009

Circle lineThe Advent Circle   [C-3]
(a 12 day countdown to the de-circling of the Circle line)
At the moment, 41 million passengers a year pass through Paddington tube station. Most of these pass through the District/Circle/Bakerloo ticket hall, at the useful end of Paddington station near platforms 1-8 and the shops. Only passengers on the Hammersmith & City line have to use the miserable station at the other (disconnected) end, accessible via a single choked staircase, and a long way from where most want to be.
From next week, rather more passengers will end up at the nasty end of Paddington. All trains to and from King's Cross will pass this way, disgorging 144 carriages an hour onto inadequate platforms. Commuters may soon learn it's quicker to change at Edgware Road instead, whereas one-off tourists are likely to be confused, and inconvenienced, and encouraged to walk long distances lugging suitcases.
But never fear, because a new Paddington (Circle & Hammersmith & City & Crossrail) station is being planned. There'll be a new ticket hall, an extra staircase, step-free access from street to platforms and a significant increase in space in congested areas. But not until 2015. Only five and a bit years of hell to go.

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