The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

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The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by greatkingrat » 08 Sep 2017, 20:45

According to TfL data tracking users of the underground Wifi network, there are seventeen different routes that people have used to get from King's Cross to Waterloo

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The challenge is to do all seventeen routes in the fastest time, which order you do them in is up to you!
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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by DavidC » 08 Sep 2017, 22:27

So, some assumptions for validation please ... although I may be taking this too seriously :-)

(a) direction for each stage is at the discretion of the competitor
(b) only the seventeen stages explicitly listed need to be covered, not a token eighteenth different one for the bucket for all other routes
(c) District, H&C and Met main line are also all acceptable (where appropriate) for the various yellow "Circle" stretches
(d) (c) includes complete freedom to use any platform at Baker Street (including different-rails Met main line platforms) for any stage during the overall challenge
(e) the competitor can stay on the same Northern Line train when flowing from one stage to another at King's Cross

PS : the descriptions of the underlying data and the potential uses are fantastic https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2017/0 ... derground/

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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by dstock17 » 09 Sep 2017, 04:25

I got to admit although a little boring in just shuttling between two this would make an interesting challenge I would suggest though photo proof like park challenge.

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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by RJSRdg » 09 Sep 2017, 08:58

The one-change routes are mostly fairly sensible but it beats me why anyone would have done a route involving more than one change (especially considering that going between two major main line stations they are likely to have luggage with them).
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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by Steeevooo » 09 Sep 2017, 09:50

RJSRdg wrote:
09 Sep 2017, 08:58
The one-change routes are mostly fairly sensible but it beats me why anyone would have done a route involving more than one change (especially considering that going between two major main line stations they are likely to have luggage with them).
Perhaps these were routes taken on weekends where engineering works impacted possibilities? (Note that I've not looked into whether there were any such restricting instances)

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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by RJSRdg » 09 Sep 2017, 19:56

I did wonder that, but there are so many one-change routes that I wouldn't have thought it likely.
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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by michael_churchill » 10 Sep 2017, 15:43

This makes me feel slightly stupid that I usually do the Leicester Square change (when arriving from Southampton and departing by Eurostar).
What do the Oxford Circus and Green Park people know?

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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by al » 10 Sep 2017, 17:36

michael_churchill wrote:
10 Sep 2017, 15:43
This makes me feel slightly stupid that I usually do the Leicester Square change (when arriving from Southampton and departing by Eurostar).
What do the Oxford Circus and Green Park people know?
Oxford Circus is a cross platform change, and so is definitely easiest, whilst Green Park looks shortest on the tube map.
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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by tangy » 12 Sep 2017, 16:48

Personally I usually interchange at Warren Street for this particular journey
This is a Central line train to "Woodford via Hainault"- it always is, except when you actually want one!

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Re: The Kings Cross - Waterloo challenge

Post by RJSRdg » 12 Sep 2017, 18:13

Yes, interesting that for Walthamstow - Waterloo, you have a choice of four consecutive stations at which to change!
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