When people are waiting to cross the road at the Bishopsgate entrance to Liverpool Street, few know there’s a subway entrance right next to where they’re standing.
That it’s little known is not a massive surprise as while the entrance is easy to spot, it’s not signposted as being an entrance to the railway station, so why would anyone expect it to be one.
To find it, head to the pedestrian crossing, and look to your left, at this late 1980s postmodern office block, New Chapter House, head over and hidden in plain sight next to the shops is the subway entrance.
Just a big sign for the City of London, and nothing to indicate that if you go down here, it’ll take you right into Liverpool Street station.
A small plaque on the stairs tells us that the subway was built by the City of London and opened in 1992, which fits in with when the office block above was built.
Further down, and there’s a motif on the ceiling that’s from a late 1990s design to create logos for each of Network Rail’s main stations, and you can see it dotted around still on some of the old signs in the station.
A shallow depression as the tunnel passes under the road, and then you’re in the station just behind the escalators. No waiting for the traffic lights above.
It’s not totally unused, and plenty of local workers will know about it, but probably discovered by leaving Liverpool Street station as it’s signposted from there.
Considering that the City of London itself built the tunnel, and still cites it as a convenient utility, it’s peculiar that it’s not signposted as such at street level though.
So there you are, a convenient way to avoid the traffic lights and save a few precious seconds on the daily commute through Liverpool Street station.