Today I made my first trip of the year into London. After all, have dog; will travel still stands.
Even more so when a return ticket costs just over £10!
So, 2 hours on a direct train to London Victoria and then to get the tube to meet friends.
Something in the past that I have dreaded a little from London Victoria, but not anymore.
Because as THE busiest tube station on the entire underground network, Victoria is now ACCESSIBLE.
So, it’s not quite so straightforward, and it isn’t the easiest of ways to navigate. But all the same, Victoria now has a new North Entrance; which offers step free access (via lift) from street level to tube.
I say it isn’t straightforward because the entrance to the accessible part of the underground isn’t within London Victoria Railway Station, rather it is up the road on the outside by a fairly new shopping area on Victoria Street.
And then once you find the street level lift area, it is then a series of lifts to get down to the deep level of the district/central line, before changing to a 3rd lift to go even further under to reach the Victoria Line.
This multi-lift approach is very similar to the confusion that is Kings Cross, however (thankfully) the lifts have really clear white on blue signage indicating which lift to take to which level.
And as always, helpful and friendly TFL staff more than happy to help.
So, no more dreading this particular tube station and a whole world of possibilities opening up to me without the need to walk on switched off escalators (which isn’t actually always possible when it’s peak time!) with their steeper treads and length distances.
To some this may not seem much, but to others this will help reduce some of the ‘additional’ stresses that London can pose.