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Route 1: Angel Tube Station to Northampton Square

Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 0HB

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Introduction

  • This route is from Angel tube station to the Northampton Square Garden entrance.
  • The distance for this route is approximately 850m.
  • This route takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • This route leads down Islington High Street to St John Street and through Wycliff Street to Northampton Square.
  • The paving is varied and the route is on a downhill gradient.
  • The visual indicators are push button controlled and are between 100-105cm.
  • The main dangers along this route are the business of the road, road crossings and congested pavements.

Angel Tube Station

  • There is no step free access from the platform to the entrance.
  • This station is on the Northern Line, Bank Branch.

Angel Tube Station to Goswell Road Crossing

  • Leaving the tube station from the main entrance, exit left.
  • Walk down Islington High Street for 95m.
  • The pavement is surfaced with stone slab paving with occasional manhole covers. Stone slab paving may be slippery when wet.
  • 75m from the tube is a section of tactile paving (photograph 4) for a road crossing to the right.
  • Cross Goswell Road.
  • This crossing is traffic light controlled.
  • There is a traffic island in the road (photograph 8).
  • There are separate traffic lights for each half of the road crossing.
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on each side of the crossing and the traffic island.
  • The traffic lights are push button controlled and there is a rotating cone under the control boxes. There is no audible signal for crossing.
  • The road is surfaced with tarmac and is very busy.
  • Traffic approaches from the right at the near side and the left on the far side.

St John Street to Owens Street Crossing

  • Walk down St John Street for 130m.
  • The pavement is surfaced with 10m of concrete slab paving followed by tarmac. There are frequent manhole covers and metal barrel hatches.
  • The pavement is busy.
  • 50m down St John Street there is 50m of bus stops (photographs 3 and 4), causing crowding on the pavement.
  • After the bus stops there is tactile paving for a traffic light crossing to the right (photograph 5).
  • Cross Owen Street.
  • There is tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides of the crossing (photograph 6).
  • The paving around the crossing on each side is brick block.
  • The road is surfaced with tarmac and quiet.
  • The road is pedestrian and cycling traffic only.

Owen Street Crossing to Owen's Row Crossing

  • Walk down St John Street for 110m.
  • The pavement has a concrete block surface with regular manhole covers.
  • 25m down St John Street there is tactile paving with a dropped kerb for a road crossing to the right (photograph 3).
  • 83m down St John Street there is a traffic light controlled road crossing to the right (photograph 6); with tactile paving and a dropped kerb.
  • 90m down St John Street there is a private driveway (photograph 7).
  • The pavement surface on the near side is brick block, the surface on the far side is tarmac.
  • Both sides of the crossing have dropped kerbs.
  • The driveway has a tarmac surface.
  • Immediately after the driveway there is a signpost that closes the pavement width to 121cm (photograph 8).
  • Cross Owens Row.
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides of the crossing (photograph 9).
  • The road is quiet and surfaced with tarmac.
  • The tactile paving continues round to the right for a separate road crossing (photograph 10).

Owen's Row Crossing to Rawstorne Street Crossing

  • Walk down St John Street for 35m.
  • The pavement has a tarmac with frequent manhole covers.
  • Cross Friend Street.
  • The pavement has drop kerbs on either side of the crossing.
  • Both sides of the crossing have brick block paving.
  • The road has a tarmac surface.
  • The road is quiet with traffic from the left only.
  • Continue down St John Street for 120m.
  • Pavement has a divoted tarmac and smooth tarmac surface.
  • 55m down St John Street there is a section of uneven pavement, caused by large tree roots.
  • Cross Rawstorne Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides of the crossing.
  • The immediate surface on the pavement around the crossing is brick block.
  • The road has a tarmac surface.
  • The road is quiet with traffic coming only from the right.

Rawstorne Street Crossing to Spencer Street Crossing

  • Head down St John Street for 35m.
  • The pavement surface is concrete block paving.
  • 20m down St John Street in the right, there is a dropped kerb for bicycle only access to the road (photograph 2).
  • Cross Wynyatt Street.
  • This is a level crossing point (photograph 3).
  • Both side of the crossing have tactile paving.
  • The road is surfaced with brick block paving.
  • Traffic will come from the right only.
  • Carry on down St John Street for 25m.
  • The pavement is surfaced with concrete block paving.
  • There is tactile paving (photograph 4) and a dropped kerb for a traffic light controlled crossing to the right.
  • Cross Spencer Street.
  • This is a traffic light controlled crossing.
  • There is a traffic island in the middle of the road.
  • Both sides of the crossing have dropped kerbs and tactile paving.
  • The traffic island is level and surfaced with tarmac.
  • The traffic lights are push button controlled with no audible notification.
  • The tactile paving connects to another set of traffic lights for a different crossing (photograph 6).

St John Street to Northampton Square

  • Walk down St John Street for 110m.
  • The pavement is surfaced with stone block paving, may be slippery when wet.
  • 50m down St John Street is the main entrance for City, University of London College Building (photographs 2 and 3).
  • Turn left on to Wycliff Street for 80m.
  • There is a section of dropped kerb (photograph 6) immediately on Wycliff Street.
  • This section is brick block paved.
  • There are several trees (photograph 8) narrowing the pavement to 132cm and 140cm in width.

Northampton Square to University Building Main Entrance

  • Upon entering Northampton Square, turn left for 40m heading towards the University Building before turning right and crossing Northampton Square to reach the main entrance.
  • The surface of the pavement around Northampton Square is block paving with the occasional manhole cover.
  • When after entering Northampton Square, turn left for approximately 40m. When you reach the University Building turn right and for approximately 50m crossing Northampton Square in the process.
  • The road here is tarmac and level with the pavement on either side.
  • Traffic around the Northampton Square is usually not particularly busy.
  • Upon reaching the far side of the square, continue on until you see the entrance on your left.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Northampton Square.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 204cm (6ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an alternative entrance to the left of this entrance which opens automatically towards you. The entrance has a width of 164cm.
    • There is a swipe-card to use this entrance and an intercom at a height of 110cm.