King’s Cross named most stressful tube station in London

The station was ranked the busiest in London and clocked almost 2,000 minutes of delays

King’s Cross St Pancras in the heart of London has been rated London’s busiest and most stressful tube station.

PowWowNow has recently done research on the most patience-testing Underground stations in London. It has ranked stations based on different criteria, including feedback on social media.

The research examined 268 Tube stations in London and created an index to rank these stations. King’s Cross St Pancras was given a score of 1.9.

The King's Cross tube was ranked the worst in London — Willy Barton / Shutterstock King’s Cross named most stressful tube station in London
The King’s Cross tube was ranked the worst in London — Willy Barton / Shutterstock

To determine the index out of three, PowWowNow considered a number of different factors.

These factors include the number of people entering and exiting the station, total length of delays at the station, and negative and neutral mentions on social media.

King’s Cross was ranked the most stressful station of all of London.

It was also the busiest station, with 97.92 million people entering and exiting the station in the year 2017.

London's always rushing — Radzimy / Shutterstock King’s Cross named most stressful tube station in London
London’s always rushing — Radzimy / Shutterstock

Likewise, out of all the stations the research looked at, King’s Cross was ranked the 17th worst for delays.

The total length of primary delays at the station was 1,853 minutes between November 2017 and October 2018. Primary delays are those not caused by disruptions at other stations or locations.

The station had 144 negative and mixed mentions on social media in 2018.

The interlinked stations of Bank and Monument were ranked second worst with an overall index score of 1.89.

The station complex counted the highest number of negative mentions on social media, in total 394.

Stratford station was ranked the third worst, with an index score of 1.76. It clocked up 3,473 minutes of delays.

The one station with by far the highest number of delays was Acton Town in zone 3 of West London. Overall, it saw 4,432 minutes of delays.

Barkingside only clocked up 17 minutes of delays

Some stations proved travelling can be done with only a minimal amount of delays, too.

The three stations with the lowest number of delays were Barkingside, Redbridge, and Roding Valley. All three best-performing stations are located on the Central line. Barkingside only clocked up 17 minutes of delays.