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Friday, April 07, 2006

The curious case of the suboptimal tube route suggestion

A few days ago, I queried why London Underground send passengers via a clearly silly route between Bank and Waterloo now that the Waterloo and City Line is suspended. Diamond Geezer has now asked a similar question. Seems I was right. Ha ha! Take that, Henry! :-)


At 6:51 pm, Blogger Andy Piper said...

I wanted to get to Bank on Friday night. Don't ask me why or how this happened - I can only suggest that I was in a daze - but my route was as follows:

I caught the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus, and the Central Line to Bank. Originally I was going to get on the Northern Line to Tottenham Court Road, but there were problems on the line so I changed to a Bakerloo platform.

Stupid, stupid. What was worse was that I actually wanted to get to Cannon Street, and I only went to Bank out of habit (the W&C line being open made that an obvious trip). I should have gone to Cannon St via Embankment. Curses. I need to be more alert when planning routes.

At 7:42 pm, Blogger Richard Brown said...

Yes. That would probably have been your best choice. Bakerloo to Oxford Circus is one I hadn't considered. Indeed, if you're willing to consider such a silly route, the Jubilee to Green Park would also work :-)

However, as an alternate to your initial desire to use TCR, it was probably a good move. There is lots of escalator work going on at TCR at present... interchange between the Central and Northern is sometimes not possible :-(


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