Trivia: Most sparse platform at a major station

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At most major stations, each platform has a range of facilites, usually some kind of coffee shop; toilets; a waiting room and possibly more. But some stations have very sparse platforms with not many facilities.

Which platform is the most sparse at a major station? I'm going to define "major station" in this case as anything which is DfT category A or B or similar sized stations in Scotland (though feel free to discuss larger stations in category C if you feel it's relevant). Bonus points if it's short or curved enough that there are trains serving that station that can't use that platform, if it takes a long time to walk to, or if anything else makes it incovenient!

I'll start with Stockport platform 0. There is a tiny waiting room (though it is properly indoors and is heated), there is step-free access from the entrance to platform level, the platform is covered by a canopy and there are dot matrix indicators and automated announcements.
 
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Platform 7 at Nottingham. It has a canopy that doesn't stop you getting wet, lift access, info screens and a ticket machine.

Platforms 13/14 at Manchester Piccadilly which have been asset stripped intentionally to discourage people from hanging around on them.

Platform 1 at Manchester Oxford Road, no lift access or much else. Just an info screen.
 

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Platform 0 at Cardiff Central must be in with a shout. Its just a platform and a basic bus shelter and not a lot else. Its almost isolated from the rest of the station and isnt even inside the barrier line.
 

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Platform 17 at Leeds, has a partial roof over a short part of it's length and a couple of PIS. That's it.

Sheffield Platform 2C just has a screen and a bench, no canopy. It is on an island with more facilities but they are down the other end, a bit like the Ormskirk platforms at Preston.

The Doncaster South bays are pretty sparse too, but they aren't as long a walk to facilities as some of the other examples.
 
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None of the platforms at Birmingham New Street really have ‘facilities’. Passengers are basically encouraged to wait at concourse
/lounge level (where plenty of facilities are available) until their train is near.

I presume that the OP is ignoring terminal stations, where again facilities are generally on the concourse.
 

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Platform 1 in Aberdeen. Essentially just an ostrisised bay at the top of the station used for stabling moves.

No signage, no number, no tactles, nothing but crooked concrete muck. Expected, for a platform not used by passenger services in decades.
 

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Newcastle Platform 8 is basically just the tail end of Platform 7.

I don't think it has the luxury of anything at all other than perhaps a couple of seats and a howling wind?
 

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Looking at the types of facilities people are saying, every London Terminal easily qualifies. People are encouraged to wait on the concourse and usually there is absolutely nothing on the platform.
 

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Lancaster platform 1. No seats, no shelter, no PIS visible from the platform itself. And it's rather short.
 

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At most major stations, each platform has a range of facilites, usually some kind of coffee shop; toilets; a waiting room and possibly more. But some stations have very sparse platforms with not many facilities.

Which platform is the most sparse at a major station? I'm going to define "major station" in this case as anything which is DfT category A or B (though feel free to discuss larger stations in category C if you feel it's relevant). Bonus points if it's short or curved enough that there are trains serving that station that can't use that platform, if it takes a long time to walk to, or if anything else makes it incovenient!

I'll start with Stockport platform 0. There is a tiny waiting room (though it is properly indoors and is heated), there is step-free access from the entrance to platform level, the platform is covered by a canopy and there are dot matrix indicators and automated announcements.
That's a pointless Wikipedia page. It doesn't contain any Scottish stations!
 

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Bournemouth platform 4? It's technically just an extension of 3 but has almost nothing bar, i think, one departure board. It doesn't often get used but it's in regular use now with the temporary timetable.
 

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Stirling P10 has practically nothing on it IIRC, thankfully after resignalling the bays in the centre of the station are now usable instead. Also, same part of the world but maybe not enough journeys to fit with the OP, Perth seems a pretty desolate place all round if I remember right.
 

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Stirling P10 has practically nothing on it IIRC, thankfully after resignalling the bays in the centre of the station are now usable instead. Also, same part of the world but maybe not enough journeys to fit with the OP, Perth seems a pretty desolate place all round if I remember right.
Doesn't the early/late LNER service often end up in there?

Are the Perth end bays (at Stirling) now signalled for passenger use?
 

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Every single platform at Euston. Like other termini with concourses there are no platform facilities, but Euston just seems raw concrete and a motley collection of servicing equipment left higgledy-piggledy.
 

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Platform 0 at Cardiff Central must be in with a shout. Its just a platform and a basic bus shelter and not a lot else. Its almost isolated from the rest of the station and isnt even inside the barrier line.
I agree with this. The platform really feels quite desolate. It’s relatively short and narrow with no facilities except the bus shelters (as you said) and CIS. I believe there is an assistance booth but it seems to be closed/unstaffed, though it’s probably not really needed with the main booking hall and assistance desks located downstairs. Platform 8 was definitely an improvement over Platform 0, with a waiting area, toilets and staff, but there again, it gets many more departures an hour.
 

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Most platforms everywhere during April and May if spartan means low passenger numbers! But 13/14 at Piccadilly are definitely a contender under normal circumstances.
 
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Any platform 3 and up at Glasgow Central. There is nothing at all other than a spattering of benches (and they are pretty rare too) once you go beyond the gate line. So, if your train is called and you go through the gate, then it is delayed, you are pretty much left to just stand about. Not so much as a coffee available, unless you get back through the gate (with a now marked invalid ticket, so requiring assistance to get out and back in again).
 

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