are there any escalators at hammersmith?? i'ld have to change at holborn for mile end coming from heathrow, the other option is hammersmith...but i want to use the least possible escalators as i av a phobia of them...
Hammersmith Tube Station (Hammersmith & City)
Beadon Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0EA
- Opening hours:
04.40 to Aldgate
04.54 to Whitechapel
23.58 to Whitechapel
00.29 to Edgware Road
06.27 to Tower Hill
06.49 to Whitechapel
23.24 to Whitechapel
23.44 to Aldgate
5 reviews of Hammersmith Tube Station (Hammersmith & City) in English
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This station is currently being renovated which causes no end of misery. If it isn't missing a train by seconds because staff are forcing people around the long way to the platform, it it moving the barriers but leaving the old ones in, surly staff, waiting forever for the train to go or the overall myckyness if the place.
To be fair, there are cleaning staff constantly battling the muckyness of the station so they get 2 stars.
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I must admit it is a relief to be arriving at Hammersmith at this station rather than the chaos and the shopping centre that the other lines thrust you into. It’s a nice small basic station with no stairs, escalators or lifts to negotiate during your escape.
If you have to change to those other lines though…how does that work. I’ve never really figured that out. I only did it once and didn’t pay enough attention to my Oyster balance to see what I ended up paying for. Even without the financial considerations it is a bit of a pain to have to cross roads when changing trains, I even prefer the underground treks that make you feel like you are secretly walking all the way to your eventual destination under the guise of a stroll between trains.
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lorrainebellizzi, 9 August 2010:
The Hammersmith & City line's terminus in Hammersmith is rather smaller and less busy than the main District & Piccadilly station, but it is older and historic (and, to my mind, a nicer building, but then I don't have to use it every day).
The existing station was opened in 1868, itself a replacement for a station slightly north of the present site opened in 1864, when the original Metropolitan Line - the world's first underground - was extended from Paddington. It is one of the oldest surviving underground termini in London.
The station is in a red-brick Italianate style with portland stone facings, although the main feature - the large central clock tower, with its sweeping gables - is one of a kind. The station used to have an attractive iron-and-glass awning, long since removed. The interior has an attractive glazed roof, although the passenger facilities are rather limited, and it is undeniably draughty in winter. A plus is that it offers step-free access from the road to the platform.
Anyone transported here from the 1890s would find themselves struggling to get their bearings, however, as Hammersmith once had a small cobweb of railway lines.
The first was a connection running from just north of the present station, over a viaduct to join what is now the District line to Richmond, with a station at Grove Road. The station is long-since gone, although the remains of the viaduct can be seen next to the District and Piccadilly line on the way to Ravenscourt Park. This enabled Richmond trains to reach Paddington, via the H&C line.
The other line ran from Grove Road station, up to Shepherd's Bush Green and then curved back down again to Kensington Olympia (then named Addison Road). This enabled Richmond trains to run via Olympia, West Brompton and Battersea to Waterloo. Both lines declined after the opening of the District Line extension from Hammersmith to Earl's Court in 1877, and closed after the First World War.
To-day, Hammersmith (H&C) is used by over 7 million passengers a year. The line itself suffers from having two conflicting junctions on its route (where other tracks join on the level) at Edgware Road and Baker Street. This slows the service down and hampers reliability, as well as reducing the permissable train frequency to 8-9 minutes.
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The Hammersmith and City line station is the end of the line. In terms of my patience it too, is often the end of the line.
The H&C line is reliably unreliable. The station is cold and ill-designed. You will often wait ages for the train to leave the platform.
The good thing about this station is that is has an AMT coffee bar, and I like them.
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