Finsbury Park or Highbury & Islington

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Hi, Thanks in Advance for any replies. Which is the shortest walk (I walk slowly with a stick) to connect with the Victoria Line, is it a shorter walk arriving from Hertford North at Finsbury Park or Highbury & Islington? Regards Mike
 
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Definitely Highbury and Islington, they’re on the same level and connect by short passageways, you’ll be walking a few meters at most (assuming you’ll be continuing to travel southbound).
 

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Definitely use Highbury & Islington. It's cross-platform to the Vic line (assuming you're continuing s'bound).

Finsbury Park involves a longer walk, and one of the two staircases is a spiral.
 

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Thank you both for a quick reply, last time I used Finsbury Park from the Victoria Line up to the overhead platforms the stairs seemed quite steep and I struggle with stairs, my knees are quite useless these days. Yes. southbound onwards to Victoria, so that's great.
 

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Thank you both for a quick reply, last time I used Finsbury Park from the Victoria Line up to the overhead platforms the stairs seemed quite steep and I struggle with stairs, my knees are quite useless these days
One thing to point out is that Finsbury Park has lifts between Platform and the Tube (although it might be 2 separate lifts to the concourse). Highbury and Islington has stairs that feel quite like quiet a narrow tread, and there's no lifts to the Victoria Line platforms. However the stair cases are reasonably short, as a previous poster has mentioned.

This may be helpful: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/avoiding-stairs-tube-guide.pdf
 

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One thing to point out is that Finsbury Park has lifts between Platform and the Tube (although it might be 2 separate lifts to the concourse). Highbury and Islington has stairs that feel quite like quiet a narrow tread, and there's no lifts to the Victoria Line platforms. However the stair cases are reasonably short, as a previous poster has mentioned.

This may be helpful: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/avoiding-stairs-tube-guide.pdf
Thank you, that is very helpful, sometimes as mentioned above the walk at Underground stations can involve a spiral staircase, so this helps a lot.
 

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One thing to point out is that Finsbury Park has lifts between Platform and the Tube (although it might be 2 separate lifts to the concourse). Highbury and Islington has stairs that feel quite like quiet a narrow tread, and there's no lifts to the Victoria Line platforms. However the stair cases are reasonably short, as a previous poster has mentioned.
True, but as the OP is continuing Southbound it will be a cross platform interchange passage with no need to go near the stairs if using Highbury and Islington.
 

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True, but as the OP is continuing Southbound it will be a cross platform interchange passage with no need to go near the stairs if using Highbury and Islington.
Ah yes, good point. I've only ever used H&I for transfer between Victoria Line and Overground.

@Mike99, there is a not great map of Highbury and Islington Station here: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stat...made-easy/highbury-and-islington-station-plan
It's not wonderfully drawn, but does show that for same direction transfer between City Widened and Victoria Lines it's cross platform in both directions.
 

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Definitely Highbury and Islington, they’re on the same level and connect by short passageways, you’ll be walking a few meters at most (assuming you’ll be continuing to travel southbound).
If you dig around a bit, you might find somebody who can tell you which set of doors to use at Hertford North so that you are lined up with one of those passageways when you get to Highbury and Islington.
 

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A situation further exacerbated by C-19 social distancing measures - I believe both spirals are still closed?

If you dig around a bit, you might find somebody who can tell you which set of doors to use at Hertford North so that you are lined up with one of those passageways when you get to Highbury and Islington.

Almost certain it used to be the front doors of the rear unit in 313 days; I don't regularly commute that way anymore though so never picked the same info up on the 717s.
 

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Thank you, that is very helpful, sometimes as mentioned above the walk at Underground stations can involve a spiral staircase, so this helps a lot.
I’d definitely advise for you to change at Highbury and Islington, presently due to social distance measures Finsbury Park is operating a one way system, with the usual spiral stairs closed.

for Hertford North, you need to be in the fourth carriage as that’s closest to the lift and stairs. Hope this helps.
If you have a long wait for a Hertford, take the first train at Change at Finsbury Park, where you have access to toilets, a small cafe, waiting room and strong mobile phone connection.
 

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Definitely use Highbury & Islington. As others have said it's a cross-platform interchange.

Unless it has been removed in the last week there is a ridiculous one-way system in use at Finsbury Park which involves an 8 minute hike (able body time) round the local streets as the only Underground entrance at Finsbury Park available for entry to the station is the new entry on Goodwin Street.
 

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If you are making the return journey too, Highbury and Islington is again much better, particularly as there is not yet a lift to the normal northbound GN platforms at Finsbury Park.
 

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Definitely Highbury and Islington, they’re on the same level and connect by short passageways, you’ll be walking a few meters at most (assuming you’ll be continuing to travel southbound).
Absolutely correct.

One thing to point out is that Finsbury Park has lifts between Platform and the Tube (although it might be 2 separate lifts to the concourse). Highbury and Islington has stairs that feel quite like quiet a narrow tread, and there's no lifts to the Victoria Line platforms. However the stair cases are reasonably short, as a previous poster has mentioned.

This may be helpful: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/avoiding-stairs-tube-guide.pdf
Not between the Moorgate line and the Victoria line. The change is identical to that between the Victoria and Bakerloo lines at Oxford Circus.
 

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Definitely use Highbury & Islington. As others have said it's a cross-platform interchange.

Unless it has been removed in the last week there is a ridiculous one-way system in use at Finsbury Park which involves an 8 minute hike (able body time) round the local streets as the only Underground entrance at Finsbury Park available for entry to the station is the new entry on Goodwin Street.

Yes, I had to use that when I was in London a couple of weeks ago.

It is a right pain in the rear end, and must be even more of a nuisance for people with disabilities or heavy luggage.<(<(<(

But as long as we are all "safe" from COVID-19, London Undergound don't give a flying <expletive deleted> about anything else.
 

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Ah yes, good point. I've only ever used H&I for transfer between Victoria Line and Overground.

@Mike99, there is a not great map of Highbury and Islington Station here: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stat...made-easy/highbury-and-islington-station-plan
It's not wonderfully drawn, but does show that for same direction transfer between City Widened and Victoria Lines it's cross platform in both directions.
Its Great Northern, not the City Widened. Think you might be confusing it with the old Thameslink Moorgate line
 

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Well, as a follow up, I just did Highbury & Islington following the advice above and it was perfect, destination was Paddington so with announcements saying no Metropolitan or Circle line I took the Victiria Line to Oxford Circus then the Bakerloo line to Paddington. Tòok just 25 minutes platform to platform so again thanks for the advice.
 

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Well, as a follow up, I just did Highbury & Islington following the advice above and it was perfect, destination was Paddington so with announcements saying no Metropolitan or Circle line I took the Victiria Line to Oxford Circus then the Bakerloo line to Paddington. Tòok just 25 minutes platform to platform so again thanks for the advice.

Always nice when people feed back and good to hear how it went! Thanks Mike99.
 

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Well, as a follow up, I just did Highbury & Islington following the advice above and it was perfect, destination was Paddington so with announcements saying no Metropolitan or Circle line I took the Victiria Line to Oxford Circus then the Bakerloo line to Paddington. Tòok just 25 minutes platform to platform so again thanks for the advice.

When I lived in Haringay that was the route I took regardless of leg injury - not sure what the state of the tube is now compared to then but that was the route I'd have recommended to anyone.
 

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When I lived in Haringay that was the route I took regardless of leg injury - not sure what the state of the tube is now compared to then but that was the route I'd have recommended to anyone.
Harringay the area around Green Lanes or Haringey the borough? </pedant> (sorry)

It‘d all depend on what I was doing at Paddington. I had to go to a conference annually at one of the hotels outside Heathrow for which - barred from getting the Heathrow Express - I’d get a train to Hayes from the platforms at the top end of Paddington. For that, changing at KXSP for a H&C/Circle was less of a faff than battling through a rush hour Oxford Circus (the bridge between SB Vic and NB Baker was always a crush) and navigating the entirety of Paddington. Horses for courses though.
 

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Harringay the area around Green Lanes or Haringey the borough? </pedant> (sorry)

It‘d all depend on what I was doing at Paddington. I had to go to a conference annually at one of the hotels outside Heathrow for which - barred from getting the Heathrow Express - I’d get a train to Hayes from the platforms at the top end of Paddington. For that, changing at KXSP for a H&C/Circle was less of a faff than battling through a rush hour Oxford Circus (the bridge between SB Vic and NB Baker was always a crush) and navigating the entirety of Paddington. Horses for courses though.

I used to continually write the wrong one when I lived there, no surprise I'm still doing it.... yes Harringay, the one with the station named after it :p
 

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Harringay the area around Green Lanes or Haringey the borough? </pedant> (sorry)

It‘d all depend on what I was doing at Paddington. I had to go to a conference annually at one of the hotels outside Heathrow for which - barred from getting the Heathrow Express - I’d get a train to Hayes from the platforms at the top end of Paddington. For that, changing at KXSP for a H&C/Circle was less of a faff than battling through a rush hour Oxford Circus (the bridge between SB Vic and NB Baker was always a crush) and navigating the entirety of Paddington. Horses for courses though.
Hammersmith & City and Circle both shut yesterday according to announcements on the Victoria Line train
 

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I used to continually write the wrong one when I lived there, no surprise I'm still doing it.... yes Harringay, the one with the station named after it :p
Sorry - it’s a constant source of amusement to me to tell people I live in Harringay and they go ”where in Harringay” and I smugly say Harringay. I have no life.

Hammersmith & City and Circle both shut yesterday according to announcements on the Victoria Line train

Yes and with it being quieter because of Covid I expect Oxford Circus wasn’t too bad at any rate :)
 
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