Closed stations of the London Underground

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In the course of the long history of the London Underground , some stations have also been closed or otherwise decommissioned.


The reason for the closure was mostly the lack of frequentation of the stations, often because several stations were in the same catchment area. The short distances between the stops had various causes. In part, this was the result of bad planning, and in part the entrance to stations was relocated: when the first stations for tube railways were built, the escalator had not yet been invented. Instead, the stations were equipped with elevators and a spiral staircase . Escalators take up more space than lifts, which is why some stations that were retrofitted with escalators have been relocated.

The competition between the various operating companies in the early days of the underground was another reason for the short distances between stops. Each of the companies had its own network, and some of the passengers could only change by walking from one station to the other at ground level. In the course of standardizing the routes, some of these stations have therefore been closed or merged. Most of the closed wards are still accessible via emergency stairs and can be used for evacuation in an emergency. Some were used for other purposes too, most notably as bunkers during World War II .

Numerous railway lines in London and the surrounding counties were also served by underground lines for a time. So drove z. B. Individual trains on the District Line to Windsor (1883–85) or to Southend-on-Sea on the North Sea coast (1910–38). The northern terminus of the Bakerloo Line was from 1917 to 1982 in Watford . The Metropolitan Line advanced the furthest into rural areas : In the 1890s, two lines were built in Buckinghamshire that reached almost as far as Oxford . The then Metropolitan Railway hoped in vain to rise to a major railway company with these routes. The lines were closed again after forty years due to a lack of profitability. In December 2007, the East London Line (Whitechapel (formerly Shoreditch) - New Cross / - New Cross Gate) was closed, after its reopening in 2010 it was integrated into the network of London Overground , a suburban railway-like suburban railway.

Permanently closed underground stations

Eastern platform at Aldwych station, closed in 1917
station line opening closure Reason
Aldwych Piccadilly Line Nov 30, 1907 Sep 30 1994 Modernization costs
Blake Hall Central Line Dec 25, 1949 Oct 31, 1981 Section shut down
British Museum Central Line July 30, 1900 Sep 24 1933 Location
Brompton Road Piccadilly Line Dec 15, 1906 July 30, 1934 Location
City Road Northern Line Nov 17, 1901 0Aug 8, 1922 Modernization costs
Down Street Piccadilly Line 15th Mar 1907 May 21, 1932 Location
Hounslow Town District Line 0May 1, 1883 0May 1, 1909 replaced
King William Street Northern Line Dec 18, 1890 Feb. 24, 1900 Replaced tunnel
Lord's Metropolitan Line Apr 13, 1868 Nov 19, 1939 operational reasons
Mark Lane District Line 0Oct 6, 1884 0Feb. 4, 1967 too small, new building
Marlborough Road Metropolitan Line Apr 13, 1868 Nov 19, 1939 operational reasons
North Weald Central Line Dec 25, 1949 Sep 30 1994 Modernization costs
Ongar Central Line Dec 25, 1949 Sep 30 1994 Modernization costs
Park Royal & Twyford Abbey District Line June 23, 1903 0July 5, 1931 replaced
St Mary's (Whitechapel Road) District Line 0Oct. 1, 1884 Apr 30, 1938 Location
Shoreditch East London Line 31 Mar 1913 0June 9, 2006 replaced
South Acton District Line June 13, 1905 Feb. 28, 1959 Passenger numbers
South Kentish Town Northern Line June 27, 1907 0June 5, 1924 Passenger numbers
Swiss Cottage Metropolitan Line Apr 13, 1868 Aug 17, 1939 operational reasons
Wood Lane (Central Line) Central Line May 14, 1908 Nov 22, 1947 too narrow construction
Wood Lane (Metropolitan Line) H&C Line 0May 1, 1908 Oct. 24, 1959 finally closed after fire
York Road Piccadilly Line Dec 15, 1906 19 Sep 1932 Passenger numbers


  1. a b c Opened as a railway station on April 1, 1865
  2. was in the meantime closed from March 31, 1886 to February 28, 1903
  3. was closed from October 31, 1914 to May 5, 1920

Stations with closed areas

  • Highgate on the Northern Line has an enclosed area above ground
  • Holborn on the Piccadilly Line has an enclosed area that was used by the Aldwych branch line.
  • Charing Cross has closed platforms that were used by the Jubilee Line and can still be used today in an emergency.
  • Euston has closed platforms on the Northern Line, which were closed as part of the construction of the Victoria Line and reopened elsewhere.

Other permanently closed stations

The following stations were all at the far end of the Metropolitan Line in the counties of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire :

  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Quainton
  • Granborough Road
  • Winslow Road
  • Verney Junction
  • Wescott
  • Wotton
  • Church siding
  • Wood siding
  • Brill

Railway stations that used to be served by the Underground

The following stations on the East London Line were served by underground trains until December 22, 2007. After two and a half years of renovation, they have been part of London Overground since 2010 :

Stations beyond Amersham , once served by the Metropolitan Line , today by Chiltern Railways :

  • Great Missenden
  • Wendover
  • Stoke Mandeville
  • Aylesbury

Stations across Ealing Broadway, once served by the District Line , now served by the Great Western Railway

  • West Ealing
  • Hanwell
  • Southall
  • Hayes & Harlington
  • West Drayton
  • Langley
  • Slough
  • Windsor & Eton Central

A few stations beyond Upminster, once served on weekends by the District Line, today by c2c .

The Northern City Line , once a part of the Northern Line , by today WAGN served

  • Essex Road
  • Drayton Park

Stations beyond Harrow & Wealdstone, once served by the Bakerloo Line , now served by London Overground

  • Headstone Lane
  • Hatch end
  • Carpenders Park
  • Bushey and Oxhey
  • Watford High Street
  • Watford Junction

Station (s) of the Hammersmith & City Line of a former branch to Kensington Olympia, now part of the London Overground

Stations that never opened

Some metro stations were partially built but never opened:

  • North End (also known as Bull and Bush) on the Northern Line between Golders Green and Hampstead: Construction work was canceled about halfway through
  • Brockley Hill, Elstree and Bushey Heath across Edgware on the Northern Line : planning has been completed and some preparatory work has started. Major works were never undertaken because of World War II and the establishment of a green belt around London.
  • Harefield Road and Denham across West Ruislip on the Central Line : never built for the same reasons as Brockley Hill, Elstree and Bushey Heath.
  • Heathrow Terminal 5 Piccadilly Line : Construction began in 1983 to 1985 on a proposed terminal, the now-built Heathrow Terminal 5 station is several kilometers from the original station.

Stations that should have become part of the underground

The above-mentioned extension of the Northern Line was part of the Northern Heights plan . This plan also provided for existing railway lines of the London and North Eastern Railway to be taken over. The routes to High Barnet and Mill Hill East were then also changed. But some stations were not included because of the Second World War and financial bottlenecks:

  • Mill Hill (The Hale) (on the extension of Edgware to Mill Hill East) closed but never reopened in 1939 in anticipation of a switch to underground service.
  • Stroud Green, Crouch End, Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill and Alexandra Palace (on the route from Finsbury Park via Highgate to Alexandra Palace ) initially stayed with the LNER. British Railways closed the line in 1954.

Fictional stations

  • In the James Bond film Die Another Day , a closed underground station called Vauxhall Cross was seen. A disused branch of the Piccadilly Line was shown (similar to the one to Aldwych station ), near which the MI6 building is located. In the film, the entrance to this fictional station is in a gatehouse on Westminster Bridge on the south side of the Thames . There is, however, a Vauxhall station on the Victoria Line .
  • The BBC television series Quatermass and the Pit featured a Hobbs End station at the end of fictional Hobbs Lane . Hobbs is the last name of Jack Hobbs , a very well known cricket player. Hobb or Hob is an old name for the devil .
  • Many scenes from the BBC soap opera EastEnders take place at Walford East Station . It replaces the Bromley-by-Bow station of the District Line on the EastEnders route map . There's no place called Walford .
  • In the film The Escapist , the escapists pass through an abandoned and not dismantled station called "Union Street" in London. The scenes were actually shot in the former Holborn underground tram station in London.
  • In the episode The Empty Coffin of the BBC television series Sherlock is said to detonate a bomb on a subway line near a fictitious, never-opened station below the Palace of Westminster . The protagonists can barely prevent the explosion and the accompanying destruction of the Houses of Parliament .
  • London Underground operates the fictional "West Ashfield" station as a training center for station staff. This "station" is located on one floor of the London Underground administration building Ashfield House in London-Kensington. It includes a precisely reproduced piece of a tunnel station with platform and track including all the original equipment, a 1: 1 train model (part of an end car with driver's cab and simple driving simulator), a model railway , true-to-the-original barriers including ticket counters , as well as control and Training rooms.

See also


  • JE Connor: London's Disused Underground Stations . Capital Transport, London 2001, ISBN 185414250X

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