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On Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:04:43 -0700 (PDT)
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Stations too close together in the centre with too much stopping?
That has always got on my nerves. There is this huge distance, Caledonian Road
to King's Cross, then the stops bunch right up together. Leicester Sq to
Covent Garden is the worst example. Thank god they closed a few (Brompton Rd,
I wonder why covent garden was spared? Its a small cramped station that can't
really cope with evening crowds and its literally a 3-4 minute walk to
leicester square. Its a bit of an anomoly IMO.
IMO the explanation is lots of tourists, who support lots of shops and
restaurants, who pay lots of business rates, add up to a good case not
to make it harder for tourists to find Covent Garden (on the tube map)
and get there.
I suspect the opera house is more likely to be the reason. Covent Garden
was still a fruit market when the other Picc stations closed.
Not to mention the LT Museum — wouldn't it be embarrassing to close the
nearest station to it? The next nearest was closed in 1994, though that
one was always an anachronism.
I think that Covent Garden station has always been reasonably well used,
unlike the three central London Piccadilly line stations (one on Piccadilly
itself) that were closed early in the line's life.
Of those three, York Road might do much better if it reopened, but I'd say
that was highly unlikely, because of the high cost, slowing the line down,
and probably failing to attract many net new customers.