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Leicester Square Underground Station - Boarding the Northern Line

Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 0AP

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in March 2021.
  • Hand sanitisers are available throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • Face masks must be worn throughout.

Summary - Alighting/Transferring (the Northern Line)

  • Exit Route Summary View
    • This access guide details the route from the Northern line platforms to the ticket hall.
    • Route 1 sections in this access guide describe the journey from the Northern line to the station exits.
      The approximate distance of this route is 60 metres (not including steps and escalators).
      There is stepped access from both Northern line platforms to the lower concourse.
      There is then escalator access up to the ticket hall.
      There are then 4 exits from the ticket hall up to street level, all of which have stepped access.
    • This access guide also details the transfer routes to the Piccadilly line platforms.
      Northern line southbound platform 3 has a link passage to Piccadilly westbound platform 2.
      This is described in the route 2 section below.
      Northern line northbound platform 4 has a link passage to Piccadilly line westbound platform 1.
      This is described in the route 3 section below.
    • The link passages between the Northern line platforms and the Piccadilly line platforms have steps at both ends.
  • Distance(s) for Exiting and Transferring View
    • The shortest distance (via steps and escalators) to all station exits from the Northern line platforms is approximately 60m.
    • The shortest distance (via steps) to the Piccadilly line from the Northern line is approximately 50m.

Summary - Boarding (the Northern Line)

  • Exit Route Summary View
    • This access guide describes in detail the route from the Leicester Square station entrances to the Northern line platforms.
    • All routes to the Northern line platforms involve steps and escalators.
      There are steps down from all entrances to the ticket hall.
      There is then an escalator down to a concourse followed by more steps down to the platforms.
  • Distance(s) for Exiting and Transferring View
    • The shortest distance (via steps and escalators) to the Northern line platforms from the station entrances is approximately 42m.

Station Access Summary (Boarding the Northern Line - Enter the Station Via Any of the 4 Entrances)

Ticket Hall (Boarding the Northern Line - Pass Through the Ticket Hall and Barriers)

  • Ticket Hall Access and Barriers View
    • The ticket hall is located on the first sub level of the station, at the foot of the entrance steps.
    • There is level access throughout the ticket hall.
    • There are fixed columns throughout the concourse.
      There are several retail outlets on the concourse; Theatre Ticket Office, Sandwich Bar, Costa Takeaway and Lola's Cupcakes.
    • The width of the standard barriers is 50cm.
    • The ticket slot heights for the standard barriers are 94cm (insert ticket) and 100cm (remove ticket).
    • The Oyster card reader height is 104cm for the standard barriers.
    • The width of the wider access barriers is 110cm.
    • The ticket slot heights for the wider access barriers are 91cm (insert ticket) and 103cm (remove ticket).
    • The Oyster card reader height is 100cm for the wider access barriers.
    • Staff are available to provide assistance at the barriers.
  • Maps and Signage View
    • There are tube maps, tube and rail maps, TFL maps, service update screens, digital display(s) for train times and bus route maps in the ticket hall.
    • Signage in the ticket hall includes; directional to lines, directional to exits and TFL/tourist directional.
  • Other Features and Facilities View
    • There is 1 help point in this concourse area.
    • The help point is fitted with a hearing loop system.
    • The height of the buttons at the help point(s) are; 110cm (emergency) and 102cm (information).
    • The Oyster machine controls/screen heights vary between 80cm and 130cm.
    • The ATM controls/screen heights vary between 95cm and 130cm.
    • Announcements in the ticket hall are audio.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the ticket hall fair.
    • Seating is not available in this ticket hall.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Escalator(s) (Boarding the Northern Line - Take the Northern Line Escalator Down)

  • Escalator(s) View
    • Escalators can be used to access other floors.
    • The escalator(s) is/are located between the main station concourse and the Northern line concourse.
    • The escalator(s) is/are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The escalators have overhead signage for TFL Tourist Information and Way out.
    • The escalators go both up and down.
    • The escalator(s) steps are not clearly marked.
    • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are clearly marked.
    • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are moderate to good.

Concourse (Boarding the Northern Line - Reach the Northern Line Concourse and Take the First Passage on the Left)

  • Access View
    • There is level access throughout this concourse area.
  • Maps and Signage View
    • There are Northern line maps and Piccadilly line maps in this concourse area.
    • Signage in this concourse area includes; directional to lines, directional to exits and TFL/tourist directional.
  • Other Features and Facilities View
    • There is 1 help point in this concourse area.
    • The help point is fitted with a hearing loop system.
    • The height of the buttons at the help point(s) are; 110cm (emergency) and 100cm (information).
    • Announcements in this concourse area are audio.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in this concourse area is poor.
    • Seating is not available in this concourse area.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Boarding the Northern Line - Take the Steps Down to Platforms

  • At the end of the passage turn left and take the steps down to one of the platforms.
  • There are 20 clearly marked steps with handrails on both sides.
  • The stairs have tactile markings at the head and foot of the flight.
  • Handrails are easy to grip.
  • At the foot of the steps the Northern line southbound platform 3 is to the left and the Northern line northbound platform 4 is to the right.
  • There is signage to indicate this.

Platform(s) (Boarding the Northern Line - Arrive at Southbound Platform 3)

  • Access to Platform View
    • There are 6 access points onto this platform.
  • Platform Information View
    • This is a curved platform.
    • The platform is flat throughout its length.
    • There are tactile markings along the platform edge, throughout its length.
    • The edge of the platform is clearly marked.
    • The maximum gap between the platform and train when boarding/alighting is 24cm.
    • There are tube maps, Northern line maps, digital display(s) for train times and Night Tube and London Overground maps on this platform.
    • Signage on this platform includes; directional to other lines and directional to way out.
    • Announcements on this platform are audio and visual.
    • There are 3 help points on this platform.
    • The help points are fitted with hearing loop systems.
    • The height of the buttons at the help point(s) are; 102cm (emergency) and 110cm (information).
    • There is fixed bench seating with armrests on this platform.
    • The height of the seating is 41cm.
    • The width of the majority of seats is 48cm.
    • The colour contrast for the seating is good.
    • Perch seating is not available on this platform.
    • The colour contrast between the wall and platform is poor.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Platform(s) (Boarding the Northern Line - Arrive at Northbound Platform 4)

  • Access to Platform View
    • There are 6 access points onto this platform.
  • Platform Information View
    • This is a curved platform.
    • The platform is flat throughout its length.
    • There are tactile markings along the platform edge, throughout its length.
    • The edge of the platform is clearly marked.
    • The maximum gap between the platform and train when boarding/alighting is 24cm.
    • There are tube maps, Northern line maps and digital display(s) for train times on this platform.
    • Signage on this platform includes; directional to other lines and directional to way out.
    • Announcements on this platform are audio and visual.
    • There are 3 help points on this platform.
    • The help points are fitted with hearing loop systems.
    • The height of the buttons at the help point(s) are; 102cm (emergency) and 110cm (information).
    • There is fixed bench seating with armrests on this platform.
    • The height of the seating is 41cm.
    • The width of the majority of seats is 48cm.
    • The colour contrast for the seating is good.
    • Perch seating is not available on this platform.
    • The colour contrast between the wall and platform is fair.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Station Access Point (Charing Cross Road Entrance 1)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on Charing Cross Road.
    • This access point is signed with 'Leicester Square station, Northern line, Piccadilly line'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located at the Charing Cross Road entrance 1.
    • There is/are 29 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides and in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • The staircase is split into two sets of 18 steps and 11 steps.
    • There is a landing between the two flights of stairs.

Station Access Point (Charing Cross Road Entrance 2)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on Charing Cross Road.
    • This access point is signed with 'Leicester Square station'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located at the Charing Cross Road entrance 2.
    • There is/are 31 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides and in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • The staircase is split into two sets of 24 steps and 7 steps.
    • There is a landing between the two flights of stairs.

Station Access Point (Charing Cross Road Entrance 3)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on Charing Cross Road.
    • This access point is signed with 'Leicester Square station'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located off Charing Cross Road.
    • There is/are 32 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides and in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • The staircase is split into two sets of 20 steps and 12 steps.
    • There is a landing between the two flights of stairs.

Station Access Point (Cranbourn Street Entrance 4)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on Cranbourn Street.
    • This access point is signed with 'Leicester Square station'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located on Cranbourn Street.
    • There is/are 30 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides and in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • The staircase is split into two sets of 12 steps and 18 steps.
    • There is a landing between the two flights of stairs.