The Anonymous Widower

Transport for London Are Driving Me Mad

Because of COVID-19, a lot of Underground station entrance and exits have been closed.

I can understand, why it needs to be done, but I keep falling foul of their closures.

  • I wanted to go from the Angel to Paddington and my usual route is to change between Northern and Circle Lines at Kings Cross. But you had to walk all the way round Kings Cross station for the change.
  • Coming back from Paddington, I often take the Bakerloo Line to Regents Park station, but the train went straight through.
  • I wanted to go from Wlathamstow Central to Dalston. Normally, I would use the Overground and a bus, changing at Hackney Downs. But the Overground wasn’t working, so I used the alternative route changing at Seven Sisters and I got another long walk.

What is needed is better information at all station entrances, as once you’re in the labyrinth it’s too late.

June 15, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Well, as it happens, all the station closures are well documented. Admittedly, you have to search for the closures, if you are not otherwise aware. This is part of the lack of joined up thinking which has become apparent during the Coronavirus crisis. Provided you search for closures, you will find them but if it is a journey you take as a matter of routine and feel the need not to check your route out beforehand, you can be well and truly stuffed. And that is where the problems lie. TfL, and most other TOC’s tbh, assume everyone will search for their journeys online, when the reality is, we don’t because we think we know it well enough to start with…..

    Comment by Andrew Bruton | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • I didn’t say earlier, but one station guy told me, that they are getting a lot of abuse. I have given up on the Underground, as the problems don’t exist on the buses and the Overground hasn’t got any stations, where there seems to be long diversions.

      Comment by AnonW | June 16, 2020 | Reply

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