A Lil Look Around Aldwych Station

TFL currently have an exhibition on about the current and forth coming upgrades to various Tube lines. They just happened to host it in a station that’s been closed since 1994 that geeks like me would love to have a look inside. What a clever ploy. The station in question is Aldwych (formerly Strand before Charing Cross was renamed Strand for a while, all very confusing). Since closing it has been used for filming, training and private hires. The exhibit takes up the majority of the ticket hall; the platform level was off limits.  The info on display can be seen online anytime, I was there to take a poke around.

Surrey Street Entrance and Exit
The Surrey Street entrance and exit.

Did you know Henry Beck?
Interior of the original 1907 lift, the only one left on the network.

1907
Lift exterior.

Booking Hall
Booking hall found behind some temporary hoardings.

Phone Booths
Phone booths, also behind the hoardings.

There’s a few more photos to see over at Flickr.

Hey King’s Cross, You Have a New Tube Ticket Hall

The new north ticket hall at King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station (to use it’s full name) opened today.  It’s for the deep level lines – the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

There’s a new outside entrance along Pancras road that is easy to get to from King’s Cross platforms 9, 10 and 11.

Brixton-ish

It leads right to the new, massive ticket hall. Seeing this makes you really realise just how small the old (but still open) one is.

Ticket Barriers

Here we have the re-opend walkway to the King’s Cross concourse and the new ticket hall from the old deep-level ticket hall. Straight on is the new hall and taking a rightt brings you to the new concourse level entrance/exit.

Walking from the original ticket hall

The new concourse level entrace is off to the left of the old one. There used to be cash machines and benches here before scaffolding took over. Platform 8 is just off in the distance to the right.  Will be interesting to see how this changes if any once the present concourse is demolished.

New Entrance

If you’re as into this as I am, there’s a few more photos and commentary over on Flickr.

Can You Hear That?

A few weeks ago my dad told me about a program he heard on CBC Radio 1 called Hark.  It was about what London sounds like now, and how it would have sounded during the reign of Elizabeth I.  Rather interesting program.  Espeically when the host would call a random London phone number and ask the person who answered to simply hold the phone up for a few seconds just to hear the surroundings.

While in London this past Saturday I felt inspired by that and took a couple videos with my camera to mainly record the sounds.  My little camera’s microphone does a surprisingly good job at capturing some decent sounds.
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