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St Pancras was a mistake. Terminal stations are inefficient both from the running and passenger aspects. They originated with the Victorian separate and competing railway companies. The reason for using St Pancras was a mixture of convention and finding something to do with a listed building. St Pancras has 13 platforms to do almost the same job as Stratford's 4. It is a magnificent station but it's a long walk from the Betjeman statue to the front of a train whereas trains at a through station are accessed centrally or possibly from several points. I don't go to a station simply to admire it. Further most people don't want to go to St Pancras. I'm lucky, I'm either visiting a club five minutes walk away or on the way to Scotland so going to King's Cross or Euston. Most people have to get on the underground and go somewhere else. Far better if it had been a through station located where several underground lines could access it. The train store could have been somewhere further North on a line which would now be being extended as HS2. This is the same logic as creating hubs near Birmingham and Manchester with good connections to ALL the suburbs and cities around. Omitting a link between HS1 and HS2 will condemn passengers from the Continent to the North to at least an extra half hour journey. Never mind walking past Betjeman that is NOT the object of their journey. I once saw a map giving contour of the time it would take to reach the centre of London. That isn't the objective of every passenger but analysing the total time for as many journeys as possible and seeing how they can be improved IS the way to think. This time includes walking along platforms, waiting for trains, extended because trains close their doors 60 secs before departure etc. Archie

Posted date

29 March, 2014

Posted time

9:41 am