Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Use Victoria Station in Rush Hour It's Busy; Tube Bosses' Helpful Advice to commutersCongestion Warnings at Tube Stations across Capital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Use Victoria Station in Rush Hour It's Busy; Tube Bosses' Helpful Advice to commutersCongestion Warnings at Tube Stations across Capital

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Byline: Dick Murray and David Churchill

TUBE bosses today appealed to commuters to avoid a major station during the height of the morning peak because it is "too busy".

In emails sent to passengers they suggest staying away from the Tube section of Victoria between 8am and 9am when more than 20,000 pack onto the Circle, District and Victoria lines. It came as King's Cross St Pancras was evacuated during the morning peak today after it became overwhelmed by commuters. The station was shut at 8.55am "to prevent overcrowding", a London Underground spokesman said. No trains stopped at the station during the 15-minute closure and passengers were told to leave the platforms. Queues formed outside the station, which is served by six Tube lines.

At Victoria, LU advises commuters to travel outside the 8am-9am period for a "quicker and more comfortable journey".

Even walking could prove more convenient. Crunch Continued on Page 6 Continued from Page 1 time is the 15-minute slot between 8.30am and 8.45am when upwards of 6,000 travel through. The station is so busy that platforms are frequently closed to incoming commuters for safety reasons.

Vernon Everitt, managing director for customer experience, marketing and communications at Transport for London, states in his email: "Over 30,000 customers start their Tube journey at this station (Victoria) which is particularly busy between 8am and 9am. If you are able to travel outside of these times you could board a train more quickly and have a more comfortable journey."

The most popular journey is the twostop hop between Victoria and Oxford Circus. Those travelling between 7am and 7.30am take on average 14 minutes. But this increases to 20 if the journey is made between 8.30am and 9am because of the difficulty in getting onto trains. Passengers were also being warned of overcrowding at Bank, Earl's Court, Oxford Circus, Camden Town, Euston, Stratford, Clapham Common, Holborn, Tooting Bec, Clapham North, Liverpool Street, Westminster, London Bridge and Clapham South. …

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