Matt at the Londonist is a long time friend of this website and former KX worker. I was delighted he gave me permission to re-run this astonishing diagram of the lifts at Kings Cross station. I am often totally bewildered by the signage 'Regents Canal' and loads of people moan about the anti-human design of the station but this takes the biscuit. A fine example of Network Rails alternate planning reality. We can now add 'phantom lift B' to the oddities of Platforms 9 and 3/4, Platform 0 and the sheer madness of signing Regents Canal. Here's the Londonist's take:
'Stumbling drunkenly through King’s Cross recently, we decided, for incoherent reasons, to take the lift rather than the escalator. We discovered a parallel world, with a network of lift shafts so complex they require their own stylised navigation chart.
With a bit of study, the chart is reasonably clear, given that it must describe nine separate systems communicating with four different levels. But where are lifts B and I? And what the Otis would happen if we took lift A up to Regent’s Canal?
The situation is likely to get even more complex when the new western concourse opens in about a year. So, any design tips for TfL to make their lift maps as legible as the Tube map? And are there any stations (Bank, perhaps?) where the elevators are even more fiendish?'