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Route 13: Quad to Warren Street Station

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Summary

  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to Warren Street Station via Gower Street and Euston Road (A400).
  • The approximate distance of this route is 320 metres.
  • The route takes approximately 5 minutes.
  • The majority of paths along the route consist of tarmac, block or brick paving with some slight gradients in places.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; busy roads, crossing points (Gower Street, Grafton Way, Tottenham Court Road) and congested pathways.
  • There is no step free access to the station or the platforms at Warren Street Station.

Main Quad

  • The Main Quad is located off Gower Street.
  • At the entrance/exit of the Main Quad there are two 85cm wide gates for pedestrians (photographs 6 and 7).
  • These gates are located on either side of the 330cm wide main gate used by both vehicles and pedestrians (photograph 5).
  • There are also bollards located immediately beyond/before the gates as you enter/exit the Main Quad (photograph 5).
  • These bollards have gaps between 90cm-120cm wide.
  • The Chadwick, Pearson, North Wing and Wilkins Buildings can be accessed via the Main Quad.
  • Only the Chadwick, Pearson and Wilkins Building are accessible via external ramps.
  • Please see the relevant access guides for further information regarding access to these buildings.
  • The majority of the Main Quad has a tarmac surface.
  • The tarmac is loose in places.
  • There are easy gradients throughout the Main Quad including on the pedestrian pathways.
  • The pathways (photograph 8) consist mostly of block paving and are narrow and uneven in places.
  • There is ample seating available in the form of wooden benches (photograph 9).
  • These are located along the entirety of the pathways.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge bays available within the quad (photographs 10 and 11).
  • These are located on either side of the main building.
  • There is an information point located at the front lodge, on the left hand side of the Main Quad entrance/exit gates (photograph 12).
  • Please see the relevant access guide for further information regarding the front lodge information point.

Main Quad to Gower Street Crossing

  • As you exit the Quad, turn right and head towards the road crossing approximately 40 metres along Gower Street.
  • The path along this section of the route consists mostly of tarmac, with sections of brick paving and concrete when exiting the quad.
  • The path is mostly level and even with easy gradients in places.
  • The path narrows in places due to obstructions such as lampposts and transformer boxes.

Gower Street Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides of the road.
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is uneven in places.
  • There are visual signals available at this crossing.
  • The visual signals are activated by push buttons.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Caution is advised when crossing because of traffic.
  • The traffic flow is from the right hand side.

Gower Street Crossing to Grafton Way Crossing

  • Having crossed over Gower Street, turn slightly right and continue ahead along Grafton Way for approximately 50 metres towards the Grafton Way crossing.
  • At the turning from Gower Street onto Grafton Way, there is a small section of tactile paving on the path as well as an easy gradient slope towards the road.
  • Following this, the path along this section of the route consists of tarmac.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is very uneven in places (photograph 3).
  • Upon reaching the crossing, turn right and cross over Grafton Way.

Grafton Way Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The surface of the road is cambered and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the right hand side.

Grafton Way Crossing to Tottenham Court Road Turning

  • Having crossed over Grafton Way, turn left, and continue ahead for approximately 115 metres towards the Tottenham Court Road turning.
  • After approximately 5 metres, cross the ambulance entry road crossing (photograph 2).
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • The path is level with the road on both sides.
  • The road at the crossing consists of tarmac and is mostly level with a slight easy gradient sloping downwards towards Grafton Way.
  • The road is even.
  • Immediately following the ambulance entry road crossing, there is an identical crossing over Beaumont Place (photograph 3).
  • Having crossed over both crossings, continue ahead for the remaining 100 metres towards the Tottenham Court Road turning.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of mostly block paving and tarmac.
  • There are also metal grate panels as well as concrete and glass slabs running along the right hand side of the path (photographs 4, 5, 6 and 7).
  • The path is mostly level with easy gradients in places.
  • The path is uneven in places mainly due to lowered/raised drain covers and paving slabs.
  • The path narrows in places due to trees lining the road on the left hand side of the path.

Tottenham Court Road Turning to Tottenham Court Road Crossing

  • Upon reaching Tottenham Court Road, turn right and continue ahead for approximately 70 metres towards the Tottenham Court Road Crossing.
  • There is tactile paving across the path at the turning onto Tottenham Court Road.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving with concrete glass slabs running along the right hand side.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is mostly even.
  • The path narrows in places due to transformer boxes and bins.
  • Stay in the centre of the path to avoid these obstructions.

Tottenham Court Road Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface is cambered and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is uneven in places.
  • There are visual signals available at this crossing.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 95cm and 105cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.

Tottenham Court Road Crossing to Warren Street Station

  • Having crossed over Tottenham Court Road, turn right and continue ahead for approximately 25 metres towards Warren Street Station.
  • The path at this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • There is a slight easy gradient slope towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is uneven in places due to lowered/raised drain hole covers.
  • After approximately 25 metres there is a crossing over Warren Street.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of brick paving.
  • The road surface is both level and even.
  • Having crossed, Warren Street Station is located on the left hand side.