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Monday, 15 July 2013

Fw: Highbury & Islington Tube station update

Another winner of the Pain English Award. I was there this morning and they were broadcasting over the intercom about how "The priorities have been reversed" in various "subways" (corridors). "The priorities have been reversed"? I'd love to have been at the meeting at which someone decided that everyone would understand what that means. Oh, and the clock on the southbound Victoria Line platform is three minutes slow. Has been for ages. Can it not be fixed? I demand a reversal of priorities. There are few things more annoying (when arriving on this platform prior to catching a London Overground train from another platform) than to see this clock and think: "Ah, good, got several minutes, don't need to rush up the stairs and lose my breath..." only to then miss one's train because London Underground's clock is wrong. Sometimes it really is the little things. "Stands the station clock at ten to three?" as Rupert Brooke so nearly put it. "Hear the cool lapse of hours pass,
Until the centuries blend and blur/ In Highbury, in Islington...


From: Transport for London <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:00:44 +0200 (CEST)
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Subject: Highbury & Islington Tube station update

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Dear Mr Harris,
I am writing to let you know that from Saturday 13 July until mid‑October, there will be a change to the way Highbury & Islington Tube station operates while we refurbish the final escalator.

The subways for the Victoria line and National Rail platforms will be reversed. During peak hours the street entrances will operate a one‑way system. To change trains to / from London Overground please exit the station, then re-enter at the other gateline. Providing you touch out then touch back in your Oyster card will not be charged twice.

For more information please come to one of our ‘meet the manager’ sessions at the station on Wednesday 10 July from 08:00 – 09:30 and 17:00 – 18:30 or visit
Yours sincerely,

Rob Smith
General Manager, Victoria line
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