- 11 Feb 2013
It feel far longer than double the length of walk.Not to get too off topic, but the original ideas featured a mezzanine and air rights development. As usual, it was ruled due to cost. The upgrade we got was a billion or so after all.
I think the biggest criticism is the comparative length of the walk from the through platforms to the tube. Before the rebuild, you could position yourself at the front of the train, head straight down the ramps and then the (short) escalators into Joiner Street. Compare that with starting from carriage 3 or 4, heading down a long east-facing escalator, then turning back on yourself for a long walk through the Western Arcade. Much higher capacity (which is the compromise) but probably double the length of walk.
The other thing that slows down the walk to the tube station, is that whereas previously you were in segregated passageways behind the barrier, the new walk is in public concourses, full of shops and shoppers!