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Stoke-on-Trent Train Station
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Stoke-on-Trent Train Station
Date: 11/12/09, updated on 11/12/09 (255 review reads)
Advantages: Functional? Can catch trains from it?
Disadvantages: Cold, not particularly modern, cold hard waiting areas
Well what can I say about goold old Stoke station?!! Hopefully quite a lot.
Almost directly opposite, by the Royal Mail sorting office, a largeish car park which always seems to have spaces. Of course very expensive as they all are and best avoided at possible.
Directly opposite is the North Staffs Hotel, which looks very nice although never needed to stop here of course. A Subway sandwich shop is also practically opposite.
It is located in Stoke, one of the six towns which collectively make up Stoke on Trent. The town of Stoke is the cities administrative capital housing the Civic Centre. It is a ten minute bus ride from the station to the town of Hanley which is the shopping centre of the city.
A Staffs Uni campus is also over the road and down the road a little, and the Sixth Form centre is being rebuilt to be very near to the station.
Hence you will see many abandoned building and business about to be knocked down if you look to the right of the station due to the redevelopment of the area.
There is a taxi rank and bus stops either side of the road to take to your chosen destination.
The building itself is rather grand and impressive, there are many beautiful buildings in Stoke on Trent which are just dirty and unloved unfortunately. Another story!!
The large glass automatic doors open and to the left are automatic ticket machines which are easy to use if you wish to pay this way. They accept cash and cards. To the right are the cash desks which are not open past a certain time so you will need to use the machines. Boards are up with times and platforms to the various destinations.
The whole station is pretty small with 2 platforms, north and south, the one you come to first is the southern platform whilst across the way accessed by a subway is the northern line. The station is very cold and windy in bad weather so be prepared!! Televisions tell you the next train arriving. Seating is available on the platform as are expensive vending machines.
The 2 shops at the station are a cafe with decent food and drink and a newsagent and confectionery stall which should be enough to meet the needs of a brief passing.
Toilets are pretty old, not totally grotty but not the best I've ever used. Just make sure there is loo roll beforehand!! There are mirrors provided.
The waiting room chairs are cold and hard, so hopefully the wait is not too long, as they are not the most comfortable of rooms however they provide a welcome relief from the winds in the station, with it being so small and open!!
It is an OK station in summary, nowhere near as big as Crewe station but a lot less frightening in the dark, lol (unless they have now done it up??) which is adequate and functional rather than impressive.
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