Bakerloo And Northern Lines Not Stopping At Embankment

embankment_080114Getting the Northern or Bakerloo lines to Embankment? No you’re not: as of today, those lines won’t stop at the station for most of 2014. The station isn’t closed, though; you can still catch Circle and District line trains as normal. Or, as normal as the Circle and District lines get.

Transport for London is replacing the escalators to the deep tube lines (hence why it’s only partially closed). Your best bet is to get off at Charing Cross and walk. And it’s not far, because Charing Cross-Embankment is the second shortest journey on the Underground network at 260m-ish (Diamond Geezer went into all this back in 2007; the shortest journey, Leicester Square-Covent Garden, is also officially 260m but TfL insists that’s the shortest).

At street level, Google Maps puts the walking distance between Covent Garden and Leicester Square stations and Embankment and Charing Cross stations at 200m each. But this is without factoring in the lesser-known side entrance/exit to Charing Cross that leads to Villiers Street. Instead of leaving via the front of the station onto Strand, look to the left of the ticket barriers by platform 1. You’ll see some stairs leading down – a handy shortcut, 70m less.

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  • CanAmSteve

    Look to the left when facing the *entrance* to the ticket barriers. If changing trains (i.e. exiting the barriers) the steps are on the right. And has London Underground made the usual provisions for those on a single ticket? That is, nothing. Nada. So you get to pay twice for what should be a single journey? PAYG Oyster as confused as always?

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      I’m giving this side entrance info for people having to get off the tube at a different stop, so they will be looking at the entrance :-) I’m not sure what you mean about a single ticket? If you had a single ticket and wanted to go to Embankment, you’re meant to get off at Charing Cross and walk to your destination, aren’t you? Trains are still going through Embankment, they’re just not stopping.

      • CanAmSteve

        Tourists using older LU guides may still try and interchange where it is no longer possible. Or they will be aiming to interchange at Embankment and be directed to exit at Charing Cross instead. Single in-zone fares may not allow interchange (i.e. exiting one station and reëntering another). So getting off at the “wrong” station can cost you another fare if you instead expected to be able to change trains.

        And Oyster PAYG has always been set up to charge the most possible (recently changed, but I still don’t trust them as you have to check daily and then correspond with them forever to get refunds owed). Which remninds me – why does London not allow (encourage) free transfer between buses and Tube/buses as many other cities do? Why is a bus cheaper than the Tube? Is a man over 30 on a Tube less of a failure?*

        Regular transport users tend to have an “inside-out” view of the system similar to LU itself. That is, as long as you know exactly where you are going, all is fine. I once asked why our Tube doesn’t have simple NSEW signage at exits (as NYC does, for example). LU was kind enough to reply. I paraphrase, but their response was “We think people are too stupid for that to be any use.” That explained a lot. Instead, they will identify an exit by the name of the obscure side street it leads to. Handy for locals only.

        *Maggie T reference

  • Tom Payne

    Who is this a shortcut for, exactly? National Rail commuters needing the district wouldn’t have been taking the Bakerloo/Northern and changing unless they’re incredibly stupid, and anyone on the Bakerloo/Northern needing the District can exit straight into Villiers Street using the signposted exit 2. Taking the escalators to the National Rail station and fighting your way across the concourse then back down another set of escalators is not ideal!

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      This side exit still cuts the top corner off Villiers Street – though, as you say, at rush hour it may be easier to go outside rather than through the concourse. Outside rush hour it’s better (and drier/warmer) to go straight across the concourse. I’m giving this info for tube users, who are the only ones affected by the Embankment closure. I’m a National Rail user into Charing Cross, we never use the tube connection when it’s a matter of a couple of minutes to walk to Embankment.

      • Tom Payne

        Very true. My thinking came purely from a rush-hour traveller point of view! I’m sure the traders in Villiers Street are looking forward to all the extra footfall they’re going to get.

      • Tom Payne

        Having tried that route I’m not convinced it really is any shorter or quicker as you end up doubling back on yourself to emerge in the wrong corner of the National Rail concourse. But I’d definitely consider using it in bad weather.

  • bink_uk

    If you are heading to/from the river, this side exit leads to a raised walkway that runs all the way to Hungerford Bridge, cutting out a flight of steps and the hill that leads to Embankment. Very useful shortcut.

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      I bloody love that walkway! I wish it was open all the time (is it just rush hour?).

      • bink_uk

        I’ve used it loads. Incredibly handy once you discover it. I think it’s open whenever Charing Cross station is open, although I’ve never tried it late at night.