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Paddington Bakerloo transfer

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Paddington Bakerloo transfer

We will be arriving by train from Devon into Paddington where I am told we can transfer to the Bakerloo line to Waterloo station, nearby where we will be staying. That seems cheaper than a cab but I'm wondering what the transfer is like...do you have to go downstairs into the subway or is this an above ground train?

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1. Re: Paddington Bakerloo transfer

The Bakerloo is a deep-level tube line, so you have to go down stairs and escalators to reach the platform. According to the Underground line map, there is no step-free access at either Paddington or Waterloo.

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2. Re: Paddington Bakerloo transfer

The Bakerloo line is deep tunnel. But there are NO STAIRS involved in getting there. If you take the escalator down to the ticket hall from next to the Lawn, after the barriers you turn left, walk along a walkway, turn right and take another escalator to the Bakerloo line platforms.

There is also a stair free exit from the southbound Bakerloo line platform at Waterloo. It's the exit/gap closest to the front of the train (and only that exit/gap), all other exits will involve stairs.

Edited: 22 January 2014, 04:55
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Two escalators but no stairs. Second escalator is a long one. There is a walk between ticket office and the second escalator, about 50 metres,

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4. Re: Paddington Bakerloo transfer

"According to the Underground line map, there is no step-free access"

...is a misunderstanding of the Underground map.

The icon communicating "step free" status means access at a station is step free to all Underground platforms. At Paddington, there is step free access to the Bakerloo line, but at present not to all the Circle, District or Hammersmith & City line platforms.

It simply isn't possible to communicate these subtleties on a comprehensible Tube map - or to upgrade access to all platforms (at Paddington, work's going on to improve access to the H&C - but it's unlikely access to the southbound Circle or District platforms will ever be improved.)

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Well, on my fairly recent Underground map, there is a separate interchange circle for the Bakerloo at Paddington which could be modified to take the "step free" icon, as is done with the Jubilee at Waterloo. So it would be possible for the map to show this subtlety, but TfL chooses not to.

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6. Re: Paddington Bakerloo transfer

OK -

There's a difference between ....

a) TFL's official "step free" definition, meaning no steps whatsoever and essentially wheelchair access only, hence the wheelchair icon (only ramps and lifts, escalators don't count), and

b) The more loose definition which is actually "stair free", meaning no stairs to climb ... **escalators are allowed here**.

You can reach the Bakerloo line platforms from Paddington "stair free", and there is one stair free exit from the platform at Waterloo using the "gap" right at the front of the train.

Edited: 22 January 2014, 10:08
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The step-free icon shows a wheelchair. You can't use a wheelchair on escalators. "Step-free" as used by London Underground implies ramps or lifts to change levels.

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