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Oxford Circus Underground Station - Boarding the Central Line

Oxford Street, London, W1B 3AG

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in March 2021.
  • There are currently no night tubes on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Entrances 2 & 3 are closed. Only Entrances 1 & 4 are currently open.
    With Entrances 1 & 4, these are located at the far side of the ticket hall to ensure customers avoid congregating in one area and Oxford Circus does not get over crowded. It also helps with social distancing within the station.
  • Argyle Street is for exit only.
  • There is a one-way system in place at the entrances and exits.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • Hand sanitisers are located throughout.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • Various signage is located throughout the station including on platforms for customers and within staff areas.

Summary - Boarding (the Central Line)

  • This Access Guide details the route from the ticket hall to the Central line platforms.
  • There are 4 access points to the ticket hall from street level, all of which have stepped access.
    The sections in this access guide describe the journey from the station access points to the Central line.
    The route uses escalators and steps and is approximately 100 metres (excluding the escalators and steps) from the closest access point.
    There is escalator access from the ticket hall to the intermediate concourse.
    From there, take the 1st passage on the right and head towards a second escalator.
    Take the escalator down and follow the passage round to the right.
    At the end of the passage, take the steps down to the Central line platforms.
  • The shortest distance (via steps and escalators) to the Central line platforms from the Oxford Street east/Regent Street north access point is approximately 100m.
  • The shortest distance (via steps and escalators) to the Central line platforms from the Oxford Street east/Regent Street south access point is approximately 100m.
  • The shortest distance (via steps and escalators) to the Central line platforms from the Oxford Street west/Regent Street south access point is approximately 100m.
  • The shortest distance (via steps and escalators) to the Central line platforms from the Oxford Street west/Regent Street north access point is approximately 100m.

Station Access Summary (Boarding the Central Line - Take an Access Point down to the Ticket Hall)

Ticket Hall (Boarding the Central Line - Proceed Through the Ticket Barriers, Then Continue Ahead Down the Escalators)

  • Ticket Hall Access and Barriers View
    • The ticket hall is located at the foot of all 4 access points.
    • There is level access throughout the ticket hall.
    • The width of the standard barriers is 50cm.
    • The ticket slot heights for the standard barriers are 94cm (insert ticket) and 101cm (remove ticket).
    • The Oyster card reader height is 103cm for the standard barriers.
    • The width of the wider access barriers is 110cm.
    • The ticket slot heights for the wider access barriers are 90cm (insert ticket) and 102cm (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 boards, service update screens, digital display(s) for train times, Night Tube and London Overground maps 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 are 2 help points in this concourse area.
    • The help points are fitted with hearing loop systems.
    • The height of the buttons at the help point(s) are; 110cm (emergency) and 100cm (information).
    • The Oyster machine controls/screen heights vary between 104cm and 127cm.
    • The ATM controls/screen heights vary between 116cm and 135cm.
    • 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 varied.

Escalator(s) (Boarding the Central Line - Take the Escalators Down to the Intermediate Concourse)

  • Escalator(s) View
    • Escalators can be used to access other floors.
    • The escalator(s) is/are located on the right hand-side as you pass through the ticket barriers.
    • The escalators have overhead signage for the Bakerloo line, the Victoria line and the Central line.
    • The escalators only go down.
    • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are -1 (ticket hall) and -2 (intermediate concourse).
    • 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 Central Line - Take the First Passage on the Right and Head Towards the Escalator)

  • Access View
    • There is level access throughout this concourse area.
  • Maps and Signage View
    • There are Central line maps in this concourse area.
    • Signage in this concourse area includes; directional to lines.
  • 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 fair.
    • Seating is not available in this concourse area.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Escalator(s) (Boarding the Central Line - Take the Escalator Down, Then Follow the Passageway)

  • Escalator(s) View
    • Escalators can be used to access other floors.
    • The escalator(s) is/are located off the intermediate concourse.
    • The escalators only go down.
    • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are -2 (intermediate concourse) and -3 (Central line passageway).
    • The escalator(s) steps are not clearly marked.
    • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are not clearly marked.
    • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are moderate to good.

Step(s) (Boarding the Central Line - Take the Steps Down to the Central Line Platforms)

  • There is a/are step(s) located at the end of the Central line passageway.
  • The step(s) is/are used to access the Central line platforms.
  • There is/are 20 step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are not 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 17cm.
  • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • 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 not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • There is a second lower handrail.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.

Platform(s) (Boarding the Central Line - At the Bottom of the Steps, Enter Platform 1 Westbound)

  • Access to Platform View
    • There are 2 access points onto this platform.
  • Platform Information View
    • This is a straight 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 25cm.
    • There are tube maps, tube and rail maps, Central 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 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; 103cm (emergency) and 110cm (information).
    • There is fixed bench seating with armrests on this platform.
    • The height of the seating is 45cm.
    • 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 good.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The access and exit points from this platform also provide a walkway through to platform 2, Central line eastbound.

Platform(s) (Boarding the Central Line - At the Bottom of the Steps, Enter Platform 2 Eastbound)

  • Access to Platform View
    • There are 2 access points onto this platform.
  • Platform Information View
    • This is a straight 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 25cm.
    • There are tube maps, tube and rail maps, Central 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 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; 100cm (emergency) and 110cm (information).
    • There is fixed bench seating with armrests on this platform.
    • The height of the seating is 45cm.
    • 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 good.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The access and exit points from this platform also provide a walkway through to platform 1, Central line westbound.

Station Access Point (Oxford Circus - Oxford Street East/Regent Street North)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on the Oxford Street east/Regent Street north junction.
    • This access point is signed with 'OXFORD CIRCUS STATION'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the Oxford Street east/Regent Street north access point.
    • 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 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.
    • 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 not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.

Station Access Point (Oxford Circus - Oxford Street East/Regent Street South)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the Oxford Street east/Regent Street south junction.
    • This access point is signed with 'OXFORD CIRCUS STATION'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the Oxford Street east/Regent Street south access point.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Station Access Point (Oxford Circus - Oxford Street West/Regent Street South)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the Oxford Street west/Regent Street south junction.
    • This access point is signed with 'OXFORD CIRCUS STATION'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the Oxford Street west/Regent Street south junction access point.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Station Access Point (Oxford Circus - Oxford Street West/Regent Street North)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the Oxford Street west/Regent Street north junction.
    • This access point is signed with 'OXFORD CIRCUS STATION'.
    • There is stepped access at this access point.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the Oxford Street west/Regent Street north junction access point.
    • 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 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.
    • 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 not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.