If ever there was a station personified by the expression “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” it would be South Kenton.
South Kenton’s ‘cover’ is a cramped and depressing underpass tucked away behind some bins round the back of a shop. This apologetic entrance barely announces its own existence, no street level building, no gateline and barely even a ticket office. (And yes this is a station that still has a ticket office, as don’t forget this stretch of line is owned and managed by Network Rail).
However, behind all this bleakness lies a rather pleasant Art Deco canopy and waiting room. It’s the perfect place therefore, in rain or shine, to stand and admire the constant stream of expresses on the West Coast Main Line.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t judge South Kenton by its entrance.
Image copyright A Carter – CallingAllStations.co.uk