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Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

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Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

How do they specify direction at the Circle line tube stops? Our closest tube station will be Great Portland Street. One day we need to get to St. Pancras and another day we need to get to Paddington Station. How will we know we're getting on a train that goes the short way rather than nearly completing the circle?

Also, Heathrow to Great Portland Street: Piccadilly to South Kensington, then transfer to Circle Line? I assume we will want to go clockwise but how is this noted in the station?

thanks.

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1. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

You need to look at a current Underground map. The Circle Line no longer just goes round and round. It starts at Hammersmith, then along the northern, eastern, southern, and western parts of the Circle to terminate at Edgware Road.

If you take a Circle train west from Great Portland Street, it will use the Paddington station on the Hammersmith line, which is at the far end of Paddington's platforms and quite a walk from the concourse.

Similarly, if you take a clockwise train from South Kensington, you will have to change at Edgware Road.

My recollection is that the platforms are labelled eastbound and westbound. There is a list of the stations served at the entry to each platform.

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2. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

The Circle line shares a platform with the Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan Lines at Gt Portland Street so they will be marked "East Bound" for Kings Cross/St Pancras and "West Bound" for Paddington.

The trains will just have "Circle Line" on the front and the indicator board will say "Circle Line via Kings Cross" and "Circle Line via (either Edgware Road or Paddington I am not sure which)"

There will also be a single line diagram of the line for each platform at the top of the stairs so you only have to look for the station you need on those.

Sounds complicated, but you will wonder why you worried when you get here.

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3. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

It isn't too much of a problem.

When arriving at the platform at GPS (or any other station) there is a list of subsequent stations served by trains from that platform. If your station isn't listed then you are on the wrong platform.

It's better to use that system than the destination indicator on the front of the train which can sometimes be misleading.

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4. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

Use the eastbound platform from Great Portland Street to St Pancras. The dot matrix sign above the platform and signs on the stairs down from the ticket hall will indicate Circle line via King's Cross and Liverpool Street or Hammersmith & City line via KX. The westbound platform will have signs showing Circle line via Edgware Road.

LHR to Great Portland Street is a bit of a pain in the neck. The least painful way (I think) to make the journey on public transport is to take the Piccadilly line to King's Cross, where there is step-free access from train platform to street level.

Once at street level, walk about two minutes (or less) to bus stop R and take either the number 30 towards Marble Arch or the 205 towards Paddington. Both call at Great Portland Street, with stop G right at the station. tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…kingscross-2150.pdf tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/…

If you'd rather take the Underground all the way from LHR to Great Portland Street, I'd say take the Piccadilly line to Hammersmith, alight and cross the platform for an eastbound District line train. Take that train to Earl's Court, alight and stay on the same platform for another District line train towards Edgware Road. Change at Edgware Road for a Circle line train to Great Portland Street.

The change from Piccadilly line to District line is easier at Hammersmith and Earl's Court than at South Ken or Gloucester Road, which is why I'd opt for the bus from KX.

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5. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

From Heathrow, don't change at South Kensington. Go to Kings Cross and change there.

You could change at Earls Court for the District Line to Edgware Road and then Circle/Hammersmith & City to Gt Portland Street, but it would be my choice.

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6. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

It's also easy to catch a bus from Marylebone Road/Euston Road (near Great Portland St.) to either of the train stations. For Paddington, you can catch a westbound 27 or 205; for St. Pancras, an eastbound 30 or 205.

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7. Re: Circle Line - Clockwise, Counterclockwise or both?

An alternative station to GPS is Regents Park, practically next door and one change on the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow at Piccadilly Circus.

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