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We are catching a coach from Victoria Coach Station on
expect to arrive on the Victoria line (southbound). Can
tell me the shortest route from train to coach? And as we
cases the shortest way using the lifts?
Aim to be in the front third of the Victoria line train. Then
lifts F, D and finally A or B to the surface, the front of
the mainline station. Then walk to the right, till you get to
Buckingham Palace Road (A3214) and turn left. It's then either
a 15-20 min walk with luggage, or one stop on the C1/C10/44 bus
Might it be quicker to go across the station concourse and up the
escalator, and out via the shopping arcade. Also means the natural
"uphill" factor is largely eliminated.
Or are escalators ruled out?
Thank you both. I think the quickest is to use the escalator but
SWMBO is finding them difficult especially with a case. So I
expect the lifts are the best bet.
Roland's suggested route is across the *mainline* station
concourse, up an escalator into Victoria Place shopping centre and
then emerging onto Eccleston Bridge. It's probably the easiest and
shortest route but it's not entirely step-free. Alternatively you
can head in the direction of platform 19 and use a passage to the
right of a Starbucks that will emerge onto Buckingham Palace Road;
this is easier than going round the outside of the Grosvenor Hotel
because that stretch of pavement is narrow and there are bus
that get in the way.
I was suggesting taking one of those buses to save a 15-20 min walk with
are you suggesting that he should catch a bus from the stops outside the
front of the station (A,B,C,D,F) to go to stop V?
No, stop JA at Victoria to stop V at the coach station.
Which kicks the can down the road to "what's the quickest step free
access from the Victoria Line to JA?"
That wasn't the original question. You've invented your own version.
Hey, don't get into a pointless argument! The request was for lifts (aka
step-free) which we later clarified to be "and not even escalators".
Your escalator route from platform level also includes fixed steps.
Surely the *only* step free access out of Victoria (Victoria Line) is to
use the escalators to the main ticket office and then the lift which
takes you to the National rail concourse by the info centre.
From there it's (according to Google maps) 0.3 mile walk across the
concourse, up the escalators and through the shopping centre to stop V,
or a 0.1 mile walk to stop JA and a bus one stop to stop V.
Is it really worth all the aggro is schlepping bags onto and off a bus to
save 0.2 mile walk? The walk to stop JA is non trivial with bags., there
are several kerbs to negotiate on this route.
And given that the long escalators inside the station cannot be avoided
the tiny ones up to the shopping centre don't seem to be much of an
Unless there a lift from platform level that I have never found.
There are lifts at Victoria now and Recliner named the ones needed in his
TBH I've never really needed them from the Victoria Line as I have no
problem with escalators.
But I do prefer to avoid the steps on the Circle line. Is there a lift
It's much the same at Earl's Court where there's a ridiculous shuffle for
step free from the District to the Picc.
I have concluded, that as getting a bus means walking away from the coach
station in the first place and back from stop V that we will use the lifts
and then walk across the concourse to the exit onto Buckingham Palace
Thanks to all for your input.
Now I just have to negotiate the UK government's ridiculous overpriced
obstacle course for getting back into the country after a cruise with
unlikely access to t'internet! I hope somebody who could do something
about that reads this group.
Oh metoo, and I'm not even on a cruise.
The "Test for Entry" isn't a problem as the tour operator are arranging this
(at extra cost)
But I'm still struggling to find a satisfactory option of the "Day 2" Test.
I really want to organise this before I leave, but given that there's a
non-negligible risk of catching something whilst you are away and having to
delay your return, I need one which makes it easy for you to change the date
of the test. (TBH I'm surprised everyone isn't looking for this level of
flexibility for the same reason)
But I have yet to find one that does (They mostly say, if you don't make the
booked day you lose your money!, some say they'll give you a voucher for
And then there's all the rumours going around ATM that they might change the
system at the end of the month. But I return on the 2nd, so I will have to
fill in my return locator form, by 30th Sept!, so I will miss announcement
of changes on that date
And FWIW, despite HMG saying at least a week ago that they were going to
clear up the list at https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider
I clicked on the first 6 and not one of them was offering the test at the