After years of disruption, roadworks, digging and goodness knows what else, we got the first glimpse of what it’s all been building up to when the new entrance to Tottenham Court Road station opened this week. On the corner of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road you’ll find the shiny new entrance, aka ‘Exit 1’, with more entrances to open later this year. It doesn’t have the scuzzy dripping charm of the previous entryways and the wall art isn’t a patch on the old mosaics but apparently it does have the second longest escalator on the Underground (after Angel). Swings, roundabouts, etc. Nah, it looks pretty slick. We went and had a snoop for all those of you not passing through Tottenham Court Road soon.
Come with us on a little underground journey.
The old and new entrances sit side by side.
Here it is on a rainy afternoon. Still looks pretty shiny. Okay, let’s go in.
Mmmm, escalators (these aren’t the mega-long ones).
A nice little welcoming note.
There’s a large new ticket hall with only ticket machines, no ticket office.
Here’s the long one. Down we go.
all the way down.
Seasoned tube riders will be confused by the fact that you now exit and enter from the opposite end of the platform. You’ll have to find a new favourite doors to stand at.
And here are a few shots of it just looking pretty.
Don’t forget (as if you could), THERE ARE NO CENTRAL LINE TRAINS STOPPING HERE ALL YEAR! Got that? Good.
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All photos by Rob Greig. Words by Sonya Barber