worldclas.jpg“Bow Road station is a couple of 100-year old platforms up the less glamorous end of the District line. Metronet’s incompetent refit gave the station plastic walls and a clashing non-heritage paint-job. There are freshly-installed seating areas located so far down the platform that trains don’t actually stop there. The westbound train describer only gives 50 seconds warning of the arrival of the next train, and the eastbound train describer no longer works at all. Neither is visible from the entire length of the platform. The ticket office is open only sporadically, and the queue for the ticket machine occasionally snakes out of the door. Staff sometimes give a toss when some thug escapes fare-free through the luggage gate, but not always. Seventy-odd unnecessary CCTV cameras track every move around the station, and intrusive superfluous announcements blare out at too-regular intervals. The photo booth in the entrance hall has recently been ripped out, as have the chocolate and drinks machines on the platform.”

More at: diamondgeezer.blogspot.com

~ by Tom on 3 Mar, 2008.

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