Does TfL ever clean its roundels? I ask that because I discovered some of the most filthiest roundels on the tube system! These are at Kings Cross St Pancras, and the first, a contender for a possible disgusting roundel of the year award, is one of the two main access points to the southern ticket hall from King’s Cross square.

Even from a distance and using a zoom, the filthy parts of the roundel can easily be seen
Let’s take a closer look….

Gawd no! Is it really that filthy??
One wonders when it was last cleaned, if ever…

View from the side. They’re certainly serious about how these things look!

How thick is the dust and fluff? A few millimetres? Looks like some mangy old felt that’s seen better days!
Yet the tourists are loving the roundel – as long as they don’t take a peep round the other side! ‘Hey look that’s a giant tube roundel with a fantastic backdrop!’ Not to mention the fantastic piles of muck its covered in!

Tourists taking pictures of the roundel at King’s Cross
No wonder they love it! This is what they see. A beautifully clean roundel with a good backdrop. Clearly TfL give this side a good regular clean but the other sides, well probably never!

Lovely clean roundel! They say appearances can be very deceptive…. 🙂
The roundel at the next tube entrance adjacent to Euston Road is absolutely spotless. Vive la difference!

What of the others around the stations’ environs? I took a look. The next is at the top of the access point within Kings Cross station itself.

Looking a bit messy already…

No it can’t be! Fingernail deep in filth…

Somebody must love this!

Passengers entering the station oblivious of the filth lurking above their heads

Peering into the rafters of King’s Cross new station roof. Not a bit of dust to be seen anywhere!
I looked in vain for any sign of dust or fluff about King’s Cross station. There was none, not even in the rafters nor on the upper parts of the station’s modernist roof. Network Rail, despite all its faults, clearly does a good job of keeping its famous railway station absolutely spotless.

At least this one looks clean..
This one is at the top of the escalators leading down from St. Pancras to King’s Cross northern ticket hall. It looks clean but on close inspection its clear there’s some kind of spider cultivation program under way! There were also bits of fluff flapping in the draught coming through the station’s entrances.

Arachnoid gymnasium opposite the German gymnasium!
This last one is at the top of the little used flight of stairs from the Circle/Hammermsith/Met station to St. Pancras upper level.

Rather dirty roundel at the top of the stairs to the upper level concourse

Another view. Love the way the fluff’s highlighted…
There are of course other filthy roundels about the system as I have noticed. These shown are however in a prime London location and its one where tourists often gain their first impressions of London’s transport system having alighted from a Eurostar train. Maybe TfL thinks everyone walks heads down going to and from the tube? Come off it! Both King’s Cross and St. Pancras railway stations are kept in prime condition. Both the tourists and visitors love these famous railway stations and the area is becoming a huge magnet for sightseers whether its Harry Potter, Granary Square, the Regent’s Canal and even London’s own Disneyland castle – opened 150 years ago.
Generally the tube stations at King’s Cross St. Pancras are also well kept – bar these particularly disappointing specimens…. Why bother building these stupendous new tube stations if cleaning is going to be an issue? All public areas of the tube should be kept reasonably clean. Some of the huge Jubilee Line stations too have problems, sporting dirty roundels and supports etc. There’s clearly a schism between having grand new stations with their innovative design, styling and a properly managed cleaning regime.

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