[trivia] Longest walk between platforms at a 2 platform station

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I noticed a few years ago that several 'new' stations have been built as 2 separate platforms with no bridge or subway. Getting from one platform to the other is via public streets/ footpaths. What is the longest walk simply to change direction? As a pair of starters I offer Sandal & Agbrigg and the next down the line, Fitzwilliam.
 
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Not quite what you asked as the station has a non-accessible footbridge, but the walking route between platforms at Glynde station is pretty long. And also raises a question about whether the up platform is really 'accessible' given the route to it from the village uses a public road that has a gradient surely outside of the standards?

 

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I think Doai station in Japan probably wins hands down, albeit internationally.


Video shows the walk from the entrance and ticket office down to one of the platforms, and then back up to the other platform.


Within the UK, however, I believe the trek between platforms at Invergordon is a bit of a way.

Edit: Buckenham is quite a walk too!
 

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Sturry in Kent which has staggered platforms means using the level crossing used by the busy A28.

I will mention Birmingham New Street which I hate using....!
Came off a Virgin train from Euston to change into a train to Shrewsbury. From the London train arrival platform up the stairs along the footbridge out through the ticket barrier, across the concourse to the far side, back through another ticket barrier and back down another stairs. I was on the platform opposite arrived from. As a senior citizen carrying a suitcase, who hates lifts, it was a very long walk.!
 
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So, are we talking about stations with platforms significantly offset from each other, or ones where there is no easy means of crossing the line from one platform to the one opposite apart from using some fairly distant overbridge / underpass with no other access?
 

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Whilst Mirfield technically has three platforms, one of them (in the middle) is seldom used so the usual walk between the up and down is quite long.
 
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High Wycombe has a fair old hike from Platform 1 to 3. Not only is Platform 3 offset from platforms 1 & 2 but to get from 1 to 3 you need to walk down platform 1, double back on yourself to walk the length of platform 2 and then head over a footbridge.
 

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High Wycombe has a fair old hike from Platform 1 to 3. Not only is Platform 3 offset from platforms 1 & 2 but to get from 1 to 3 you need to walk down platform 1, double back on yourself to walk the length of platform 2 and then head over a footbridge.
I think High Wycombe would fail the trivia question on the grounds of definitely not being a two platform station!
 

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I think High Wycombe would fail the trivia question on the grounds of definitely not being a two platform station!
I think it also fails on not being “new”, but then we are 13 posts beyond the exam question by now... :D
 

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To reach the down from the up platform at Gargrave it is necessary to walk back along the station approach (100 metres perhaps: I'm hopeless at estimating distances) and then walk up the public road (no footpath) a similar distance, across the road bridge and then down the (non accessible) stairs. There used to be a similar staircase from the up platform to the road but this was removed many years ago.
 

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Possibly Newark Castle, the only way is over the main road and a level crossing which, if shut, could end up with you missing your train.
Mansfield is a bit of a hike too from the booking hall on platform 1 to platform 2 for the Nottingham direction, which is where most passengers are going and on which facilities are sparse. To make matters worse, access from the station car park is onto platform 2, so you have to cross to platform 1 for your ticket and then back again for your train.
 

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I seem to remember Canterbury East having a long walk involving a footpath and a grimy underpass. We got there to find a quicker train leaving from the other platform!
 

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Guide Bridge for a station where it can be reasonable to assume passengers will change trains at.

Uphall in Scotland

Ilford Road on the Tyne & Wear Metro.
 

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Frizinghall is nearly 1/4 mile, depending whether you want the step free route. This was relevant ISTR when there was only one ticket machine....
 

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Mytholmroyd is a bit of a trek. At least there’s a TVM on both platforms now. Next job - get them both to work
 

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Burnley Manchester Road is quite a trek. Involves walking via the public highway, a a long ramp on one side.

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I seem to remember Canterbury East having a long walk involving a footpath and a grimy underpass. We got there to find a quicker train leaving from the other platform!

Canterbury is a grimy underpass, but it just goes directly between the platforms.

A new footbridge and lifts have recently been installed though.

 

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The fatal accident at Elsenham showed what happens when sufficient attention is not given. Two platform station, no footbridge, level crossing at one end. Platforms staggered on the departure side of the crossing. Only one ticket office, on the Up side, no ticketing facilities on the Down, neither office nor TVM. However village lies on the Down side, no housing on the Up. The level crossing has many movement closures per hour, often for multiple trains.

Coming from the village travelling to Cambridge required using the crossing twice, to buy a ticket then get to the northbound side. Accounts of this taking 15 minutes, with the gates being across twice, and trains being missed after ticket purchase.

Footbridge subsequently provided (not very conveniently positioned though) and TVM installed on Down platform. Network Rail received a huge fine (£4m) after the accident. I'd have stuck the TOC for half of that as well, for being too cheeseparing to put a TVM on the Down in such a situation.
 

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The fatal accident at Elsenham showed what happens when sufficient attention is not given. Two platform station, no footbridge, level crossing at one end. Platforms staggered on the departure side of the crossing. Only one ticket office, on the Up side, no ticketing facilities on the Down, neither office nor TVM. However village lies on the Down side, no housing on the Up. The level crossing has many movement closures per hour, often for multiple trains.

Coming from the village travelling to Cambridge required using the crossing twice, to buy a ticket then get to the northbound side. Accounts of this taking 15 minutes, with the gates being across twice, and trains being missed after ticket purchase.

Footbridge subsequently provided (not very conveniently positioned though) and TVM installed on Down platform. Network Rail received a huge fine (£4m) after the accident. I'd have stuck the TOC for half of that as well, for being too cheeseparing to put a TVM on the Down in such a situation.

All true (and very tragic), but don't see how this is relevant to the thread, as the platform to platform distance is short.
 

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Bardon Mill between Hexham and Carlisle is another long walk as such, if you enter the station at the official location and want to go to Carlisle you have to walk the length of the Newcastle platform and carry on down a footpath to the access an access road crossing protected with Red/Green lights and back down the path at the side of the line and onto the Carlisle bound platform. There used to be a barrow crossing at the Carlisle end of the platforms with has been removed so you now have to do the long walk to access the platform for Carlisle.
 
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