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Avoiding escalators at tube stations

Reading, United...
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Avoiding escalators at tube stations

Hi

I would like to plan a trip of three or four days to London with my family.

I have a phobia of escalators (only descending- I am fine going up).

Is there any publication or other source of information which will detail which stations/lines I can use without resorting to escalators. I am happy to use stairs or lifts.

Many thanks.

UK
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1. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

How about using buses instead?

melbourne, australia
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2. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

Have a look at London transport website

tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…1169.aspx

you might find what you are looking for there

Cotswolds
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3. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

There's this which lists all stations with escalators and specifies up or down:

…london.gov.uk/datastore/package/accessibili…

I would note that at a lot of stations that have escalators there is a parallel stairway that is located between the up and down escalators - I don't know if the guide takes account of this

In addition the TfL journey planner 'more options' section has a 'I can use stairs but not escalators' option

Edited: 14 April 2013, 18:06
UK
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4. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

- Go to tfl.gov.uk (as others have already suggested)

- Under "Journey Planner" (right-hand side of screen) select "More options". Tick the "I cannot use escalators" option.

- Enter your departure point and destination

- The site will tell you what routes are suitable

It's a really useful tool!

Reading, United...
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5. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

Thank you for all your responses. It is really appreciated.

The "i cannot use escalators" option is invaluable.

I have been putting this trip off for years due to my fear - now I feel we can do it!

UK
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6. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

There are always buses and taxis as well

Stirling, United...
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7. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

Outside peak hours, where staff are available, you can ask for an escalator to be stopped. (They will do this for people who can't carry assistance dogs.)

I wouldn't rely on this happening, but it's useful to know if you would otherwise be stranded somewhere.

Stowmarket, United...
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8. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

Could you not get on it at top, turn round, then slowly climb up, at the same time it is going down, you will then reach the botton, but dont forget to turn round at bottom?

Like others have said there is usually stairs up the middle, and i guess this will keep u fit

London, United...
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9. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

If most of your plans are in central London, you might be surprised how much you can do on foot (if your legs allow it), a bus or taxi hear and there when needed would obviously help but it can be done.

Plymouth
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10. Re: Avoiding escalators at tube stations

You can do a lot of sightseeing from the top of a bus. A particularly good route is the 15 from Trafalgar Square to the Tower