Friday, October 13, 2017

Lancaster Gate Station

When we were last in London our nearest station was Lancaster Gate on the Central Line. It's a nice area with expensive and well kept houses. Marie describes the area here.

The station was closed for a few months this year while the lifts were replaced. The lifts were massive, holding somewhere around 70 people each, I seem to recall. The station does not have escalators so what about using the stairs? This photo by Stuart Axe demonstrates why the station had to be closed.


26 comments:

  1. My first flat in London was in Bayswater, so I know that area well. I seem to remember there were several stations where one had to descend in huge lifts; a bit like being a Coal Miner.

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    1. Cro, as long as they are reliable lifts, I don't mind. I saw on YT a lift technician complaining that the old lifts at one station were unreliable because they kept getting overloaded and people were pushing against the closed doors.

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    2. I remember them as always being totally stuffed full.

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    3. As a tourist, that is not what we were so bothered by, and they weren't so full at the tourist times we used them.

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  2. A lift holding 70 people? Shudder. I suspect I would have to take the stairs - or a different station.

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    1. Stairs EC? 78 of them? The good thing about London't Tube is that there are often stations very close by, although not necessarily on the line you may want.

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    2. It would be slow, but I really don't like lifts.

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    3. Like Toad, I like speed. Lifts are usually speedy, aside from the wait.

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  3. 78 stairs doesn't seem like a lot, but not everyone is a fit young gym junkie so I can see why the closure was needed. But why doesn't the station have escalators I wonder?

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    1. River, I think it is about space and cost. London Tube stations can be very small spaces, but cleverly used. Escalators take a lot of linear space, which just may not be available without great cost.

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  4. Wow what a gteat lift.london u s a busy city but lovely one

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    1. Gosia, it is so busy in some areas, but you can step into a side street and it is quiet.

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  5. 78 stairs would be very beneficial for my derriere but not so much for my knee 😀😀

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  6. Andrew, I recall one of my local tube stations Hampstead having the most steps...320 in all.
    I've been up and down them a few times. I think out of frustration when all the lifts were too busy.
    And I'm sure I've climbed up similar challenging tube stairs.
    I think it has something to do with not wanting to get trapped in a broken and crowded lift.
    As for Lancaster Gate, that's quite an expensive part of town, but nicely close to Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.

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    1. Dee, that's an awful lot of steps and if they are old they could be quite steep too. We climbed 272 a couple of years ago to Batu Caves in Malaysia, but I wouldn't do it now.

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  7. Never been outside of the united states except to Canada. I couldn't imagion a elevator that large.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, it was certainly large. I guess you could fit a car inside.

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  8. Must be big one to hold all those people at different weights. Wouldn't fancy climbing 78 steps either.

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    1. Margaret, I wonder how it would go if there were a lot of really heavy people.

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  9. I should send you one for your birthday.
    wishing you a wonderful day/night

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    1. That would be nice Ann. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  10. With my hips the way they are that amount of stairs would have me unashamedly headed for the lift or escalators!

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    1. Lee, I am not good at anything that increases my altitude under my own steam. We rarely walk up a steep hill and really notice it when we do.

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  11. Holy cow! 78 steps. I'd get in shape if I lived there and used those stairs.

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    1. Strayer, not with your knee you wouldn't.

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