“ Station Road / Stoke-on-Trent / Staffordshire / England „
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.
Pumpkin shop at stoke on trent train station: I go to this shop every so often for lunch but on this occassion found the female shop assistant to be very rude indeed! I asked for a Steak pie but was given a cornish pasty! when I took it back the assistant replied " I told you its a cornish one!" when I had been charged £2.75 the price of a steak pie and there was three steak pie's staring me in the face! along with various other pastries. I then replied "I want a steak pie!" the assistant snatched the cornish pasty from me and exchanged it only then, for a steak pie! why was I not given what I asked for in the first place? was it so the chubby brunnette assistant could eat the steak pie herself! because she wasnt very keen on cornish pasties? whatever her reason she was very rude and tried to intimidate me which did not work! look out future customers and make sure you get what you pay for! and dont be intimidated by this woman who likes to feel superior to everyone by eating your order!
Stoke-on-Trent station is hopefully a station I won't see much more of in the future! That sounds horrible considering the station isn't that bad in itself. It's more the fact that in the past, the train I got from Bristol to Manchester didn't stop at Stockport. So I would have to go from Bristol to Stoke-on-Trent, then wait 10-15 minutes for another train to Manchester that actually stopped at Stockport. A bit annoying, considering it's a main station stop.
Fortunately now they've changed the train timetable so that the Bristol train stops at Stockport. No more Stoke-on-Trent for me!
However, as a tribute to all the time I've wasted there, I decided to write a review.
Stoke-on-Trent railway station is one of those old looking stations, all brick and a high arched ceiling...well the platforms are. The inside is a bit more modern looking and creamy, which is a bit odd and inconsistent, but I guess there's not much you can do with it really.
Stoke-on-Trent only has 2 platforms that I've seen, which makes it easier to move between them than in other stations with lots of platforms (like Birmingham New Street or Manchester Piccadilly). Then again you have you go a fair way to cross between them (underground) as there is no convenient bridge to cross like at Cheltenham Spa.
In my opinion, it would benefit from having a couple of big electronic signs on each platforms stating all the departing trains. Each platform has a board stating the trains leaving from that particular one. The waiting rooms do have TV screens stating all the departures, but these are quite hidden away and not easy to see/find when in a rush or when the waiting rooms are busy.
To be honest, Stoke-on-Trent station doesn't have a whole lot to offer. There's a small cafe, which I seem to remember is a Pumpkin one (though don't quote me on that).
It does have connecting trains to lots of major places, being in a good location in the midlands for access to London and Manchester. There are also good connections to Birmingham New Street, which is the major station for trains outside London in my opinion.
So really you can see it's not that interesting, which is why I'm glad I don't have to travel via there any more! Just an average smallish station really.
I hadn't been on a train until I was 21 and to be honest my first ever train journey was to Newcastle upon Tyne which was about a four hour jaunt from Stoke on Trent station, with several stops in Manchester, Leeds and York, which wasn't a very good experience for my first, however over the past 8 years I have seen myself having to get a train on quite a few occasions whether it be for business, holidays, or one of those extremely expensive shopping trips to either Manchester, Brimingham or Nottingham, as there isn't a great deal in Stoke on Trent.
Stoke on Trent train station is in a central location, situtated in Stoke, one the 6 towns of the potteries with plenty of access to the other towns in the Stoke on Trent area. Taxi ranks are available outside the train station, and also many buses which will take you to wherever you want to go in the area. The train station has two carparks, in which you can leave your car for the duration however the charges for these carparks is quite extortionate so I tend to get a taxi which costs a lot less for a return journey from my house to the station.
If you are coming to Stoke, directly opposite the train station is the North Staffs Hotel, one of Stoke on Trent oldest hotels that is very popular for people coming into the City and very easy being located directly across the road from the train station.
SToke on Trent train station has recently undergone a refurbishment other the past couple of years and has made the station a lot more modern and up to date with the likes of train stations in bigger citys. As you walk into the train station you have a first class waiting area if you prefer to sit in style as opposed to sit on the platform as you wait for your train. This is always occupied by the business people that are using the trains to commute.
To the right of you as you walk into the station you have four kiosks where you are able to purchase your tickets from. The staff within the station are extremely helpful and I find it easier popping into the station itself to obtain tickets for a journey as they seem to find you a better deal and an easier route, in comparison to what you can obtain from te internet. I find the internet site, pretty complex sometimes when I am travelling to a strange destination which is not a direct route and the staff within the station are quite happy to help you out with all your requirements.
The statio is relatively small, it only has two platforms however is one of the main stops when travelling north to south. There is a subway in which you go under the get to the other platform. Located on the platforms are various newspaper stalls and kiosks where you can obtain snacks and papers for you journey however it is far to small to have eateries at this station. Toilets are located on the platform as is a waiting room for general people that are travelling that do not want to wait in the cold on the platform.
The staff on the platform are also very friendly, its not easy to get lost in Stoke station at all, with their being only two platforms, however when I first went to the station 8 years a go, I still needed a bit of guidance as to whether I was getting on the right train and in the correct carriages.
The station itself is very clean, and on every occasion that I have been, there is always someone walking around collecting the litter and keeping the place tidy which is always nice to see, as I have travelling to some stations before and they have been disgusting and I wouldn't have dared to put my luggage down onto the platform because I wouldn't know what was going to get stuck to it.
In general, its a small, great station that has plenty of personality and is a pleasure to travel from.