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Gloucester Rd or South Kensington tube for escalator phobic traveler?

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PITA5000 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:18:46

Hello, is it possible at either of these stations to reach the street without riding an escalator? (Moving stairway, are they called escalators here? I am American).

Stairs or lifts are both fine for my traveling companion, it is not an issue of mobility, she is unable to cope with escalators.

Thank you for your assistance

butteredbarmbrack Mon 23-Jan-17 21:22:30

No escalators at South Ken I think, only stairs there anyway as far as I can recall (for district line platforms). Not sure about Gloucester Road but I think it's also not a deep platform so should be stairs there too.

LanaorAna1 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:27:09

South ken will do you proud - a few steps down to the station, a few more down to the district line. If you need the piccadilly line get on the district line here and change to it by walking across the platform at Glos. Rd.

Any entrance at South Ken works for you. Can you tell I have an escalator-phobic mother?

Enjoy your trip.

HedwigHooray Mon 23-Jan-17 21:28:44

Escalators up from the Picadilly line at South Kensington but not from District/Circle. Lifts/steps at Gloucester Road.

VeryPunny Mon 23-Jan-17 21:34:01

Gloucester Road is lifts only, pretty sure South Ken is escalator only.

museumum Mon 23-Jan-17 21:36:59

District and circle lines are steps only at both.
Piccadilly is a lift/elevator at Gloucester Road but escalators (2) at south Ken.

museumum Mon 23-Jan-17 21:37:49

Newer tube maps have a wheelchair symbol on stations with lifts/elevators which might help you.

badg3r Mon 23-Jan-17 21:56:38

Gloucester roadbed lifts only. You need to take an escalator at SK to reach the Piccadilly line and can see it from some of the barriers where you touch in/out. District and circle line at SK is just about 12 steps, no escalators. If it's for the museums and you're using the district/circle lines I would take SK.

PITA5000 Mon 23-Jan-17 22:06:43

Ok, thanks, yes we will be on Piccadilly, so best to either exit at Gloucester or change to District line before arriving at South Kensington.

I think we can change at earls court by just crossing the platform, at barons court by using a lift, and from a poster here it's possible also at Gloucester Rd?

Thank you!

PITA5000 Mon 23-Jan-17 22:17:20

Yes, I consulted the accessibility map, it will only tell you if you can get from platform to street without stairs, both stations this is not possible, but we can use stairs... the Website also does not list a lift as an amenity at Glos. Rd, despite the fact that posters here and other websites indicate there is one there. I think it's not listed because you can't take it all the way to street level? I wish there was a site that listed all the details about each station, for example telling you where you can take an escalator OR stairs...

badg3r Mon 23-Jan-17 22:17:53

Yes you can change from Piccadilly to district/circle at Gloucester road using a lift then down a flight of stairs.

Artandco Mon 23-Jan-17 22:21:01

Barons Court is stairs only, no eslcators or lift

hollyisalovelyname Fri 29-Dec-17 20:24:12

I couldn't do Gloucester Road. I remember being on the tube and seeing mice run under the benches people were sitting on. Just under their feet. Aghhhh!!!!!!!!
I know there are mice and rats everywhere and I have seen them on the tracks but actually on the platform where people were sitting.
I didn't see them on the platform at any other station.
If staying in London I check which tube station is the nearest and if it's Gloucester Road I won't stay in the hotel.
Irrational I know .

user1495492391 Sat 20-Jan-18 22:25:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

user1495492391 Sat 20-Jan-18 22:36:52

FYI Covent Garden, Russell Square and Lancaster Gate are other centrally located stations with elevators as opposed to escalators, so if you were interested in sightseeing anywhere near them, they would also be good options for you. Lancaster Gate is great for Hyde Park and Marble Arch, or a slightly longer walk to Buckingham Palace, Russell Square for British Library and Bloomsbury, and Covent Garden for the theatres, market and shopping, plus you can walk to the top of Waterloo Bridge on the Strand really easily from there and see the best view in London.

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