Just a quick post – many people complaining the new facility at Victoria tube station is useless. TfL apparently imposing a one way system that forces people to walk ‘miles.’ From tomorrow access to from the Victoria Line and District and Circle Lines will be only possible via Cardinal Place.
The passages at Cardinal Place people will need to use en route to/from the Circle/District & Victoria Lines from 29th August
I never found an issue from where the entrance / exit was when I’d go through, now it just seems a right pain
— Mickie (@MickieC28) August 28, 2018
I'm just annoyed because I now get to walk through miles and miles of tunnels to go from the station concourse to the track. And it looks like there's no way to avoid the crowds.
— Dominic Mitchell (@happygiraffe) August 28, 2018
Coming into Victoria station this morning, taking the Victoria line from there? Enjoy the new marathon you have to do to get to the platforms.
— Raffles (@aslargy) August 28, 2018
The new one-way route to #VictoriaLine line at @TfL #Victoria is ridiculous. Used to be straight down 2 escalators. Today it's walk a mile, double back, end up at wrong end of platform. This is what we suffered through years of "improvement works" at the station for?!? #Madness
— Alasdair Stewart (@AlasdairIS) August 28, 2018
— Mark Favor (@TimeGenesis) August 28, 2018
– Hi Joanna. Sorry for the delay in replying and for the issues accessing the Victoria line at Victoria. I'll pass this feedback onto the Area Manager for Victoria to look into. Many thanks, Jamie.
— Transport for London (@TfL) August 28, 2018
— Kaz (@Kaz_Elgood) August 28, 2018
Welcome to the new peak time congestion free entry to Victoria Underground….. pic.twitter.com/RlLkq45YQc
— BusAndTrain User (@BusAndTrainUser) August 28, 2018
TfL soon took heed of the complaints and changed the arrangement to allow people to access the Victoria Line via the old escalators. See for example Andy Hartley’s tweets. Whether this will be permanent remains to be seen as from the 29th August there are further changes to the arrangements, which will stay in place until October 2018.
tfl have spent the last several years upgrading victoria station… and today they fully opened it! and the main result is… 'getting the victoria line' is now a five-minute walk through endless tunnels 🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/cT6EjaJ86f
— Guy Parsons (@GuyP) August 28, 2018
The new @Victorialine access is absolutely terrible from Victoria Station. Longer, slower, more walk. The platforms were 50metres away now they are a mile
— Eloi Casali (@Eloi_Casali) August 28, 2018
Is the new one way system at Victoria station permanent? Took 5 minutes walking from going through the barriers to getting trackside this morning.
— Jonathan Ricketts (@reigaterustler) August 28, 2018
— Chris Fry (@cfryuk) August 28, 2018
— Joyful 😉 (@EvryoneHatesJoy) August 28, 2018
I expect it will get worse when the escalators to the District Circle Lines are taken out of use!! I did warn about this in my previous post.
UPDATE: A visit to Victoria tube station on 29th showed no restrictions whatsoever. Full access remains to the District Circle Lines. The old escalators were being heavily used (in both directions) and barely anyone was using the new escalators/passageways! Perhaps TfL is pausing for a rethink on the next stage of the works?