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You could always travel via the Circle Line: Liverpool Street, via Aldgate, to Edgware Road, then cross platform interchange for any train to King's Cross.
Sadly, something which will not be possible under normal operations from 21 May 2017, when the Circle and District trains will swap operational platforms at Edgware Road; District from pfm.2, Circle from pfm.3.
Wow. What's the operational reason for that?
(I'll create a new thread if it generates significant deviation).
At approximately 15:55 into the following youtube video you will see exactly where those tracks go ..
Goodness me, that's a white knuckle ride. When you think the driver is going to stop at West Ken for the shunt signal and then just carries on at quite a speed. And going so quickly across all those points at the depot - it had my fingers clenched. How things have changed.
Looking at his map, when I went because it was so quiet, I didn't realise this corridor would be two-way. Maybe it's just me but let's hope that it doesn't get too busy because it looks rather on the little side for bidirectional travel.
The Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy shared the below on Facebook following her interaction with TfL regarding the reliability and station closures:
"Walthamstow - I continue to be in regular contact with TFL about the problems with the Victoria Line. Below is an update on my discussions with them today about these issues - please share with others to keep them posted on what's happening so you can all plan your travel accordingly. Thank you!
On today's disruption (Monday 16th Jan) and Easter disruption: TFL say they had problems at Euston which were technical i.e. with a rail which had to be fixed when it broke. They say this is very unusual as the Victoria line 'their best line' in terms of efficiency and infrastructure and don't believe today's incident is connected to any larger problem. Furthermore, I want to give residents advance notice that they have plans at Easter to increase the frequency of trains on our line to 36 per hour at peak times (and 30 trains an hour on a Saturday for longer too) To do that, they say they will need to close the line over the Easter Bank Holiday to upgrade the software the trains run on - so be aware it will be closed for four days then but you'll get a better service afterwards with more trains which run all the way to Walthamstow.
On Blackhorse Road and Sudden Station Closures: TFL recognise the service residents in Walthamstow have had has not been good enough. They have given me the following statement about this, and Blackhorse Road station in particular, and their plans to invest in recruiting more staff to stop this happening and ensure there are enough staff to cover all the stations. This should kick in within the next few weeks and I'll be monitoring this and following up any unplanned closures too, so will be feeding back to residents via my weekly e-newsletter on this issue if there's any cause to believe these problems will not be resolved or there could be further closures.
"Regarding Blackhorse Road and nearby stations, we clearly have not offered the services that our customers expect or deserve. As you know we implemented our new station staffing model last April which is taking time to bed in. It is clear that the resourcing at Blackhorse Road and surrounding stations needs some adjustment. We have always intended to review staffing levels and have already started to recruit 200 extra staff and this is likely to increase further. The recruitment process will take some time, but I have instructed the team to prioritise the resource needs at Blackhorse Road and the surrounding stations to deliver the level of services our customer need. In the meantime, we have drawn up emergency plans to support the existing station staffing resources. Please bear with us as we continue to do all we can to keep the station open.""
Without getting into politics at all - it sounds like she's a pretty active MP. However, with the first bit that BHS has quoted, at the very least it sounds like she's poking her nose in to things not particularly to do with her - the issue at Euston - and recycling the news as something she's done. Similarly in the information about the increase in trains per hour - 'I want to give residents notice that...' - that's not her job! <eye roll emoji>
It feels like a cross between KX and Blackfriars, with sections still very obviously closed off due to the ongoing work. The entrance is also strange as you need to go behind a protruding glass building from Victoria Street to get inside. This is fine but once in the ticket hall you have to turn right to get to the gateline anyway, so it would have made more sense to have the entrance facing the street.