The Anonymous Widower

What Do You Do With A Problem Like Euston?

Or more particularly, how do you connect Euston station to Euston Square Underground station.

I walked between the two stations today and took these pictures.

It’s a congested route and it involves at least one busy road crossing.

I had wondered if some sort of pedestrian over-bridge could be used with a moving pavement to link the two stations. But it would appear that layout of the buildings plonked in the front of Euston station would probably make this impossible.

Wikipedia does state that Network Rail devised plans in 2005 to link the two stations with a subway. This project seems to have sunk without trace.

The only thing that could possibly be done, is to put a lift to the street on the Northern side of the lines in Euston Square station, to improve access to the Eastbound platform.

I never walk between the two stations and to get to and from the station, I usually use a 30 or 73 bus, as the tube station underneath the mainline station is a dark warren of tunnels and escalators.

The trouble though with the buses, is they get stuck in the traffic on the Euston Road.

Why a proper connection between the two stations wasn’t incorporated, when they rebuilt Euston in the 1960s, only a genius of the level of Einstein could tell.  But sadly he’s dead, so we’ll have to use the ouija board.

What puzzles me, is that how come the architects in the 1960s, could create two stations as bad as Manchester Piccadilly and Euston and yet leave Liverpool Lime Street as a properly working station! This section in Wikipedia offers a few clues.

 

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

The Kiosks In Kings Cross Square

When I wrote this post in February 2013, I said this about the architect’s job.

Note the short fat tower to the left of the centre of the picture. This must be the top of some sort of shaft and if you look it is also in the design of the new piazza. I bet the architects are cursing it, very loudly!

Today, I took these pictures, which show two kiosks for drinks and snacks.

The architects seem to have defeated the short fat towers.

 

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Food, Transport | , | Leave a comment