Wood Lane (Central Line)
Wood Lane was the name of two now closed stations on the London Underground . They were both in close proximity, but were not operationally linked. One was part of the Metropolitan Line and the other a station in a turning loop of the Central Line . The Central Line station was located between what is now Shepherd's Bush and White City .
Both stations opened as part of the Franco-British Exhibition in 1908, Central London Railway (Central Line) on May 14th and Metropolitan Railway (Metropolitan Line) on May 1st. Originally, they were planned in such a way that they would only be used for the duration of the exhibition on the adjacent exhibition center. However, they were still in operation afterwards to transport visitors to various exhibitions and trade fairs.
On July 30, 1900, the section between Bank and Sheperd's Bush was opened. To the north of the latter station, the Wood Lane depot of the Central London Railway and its power station was built . For the Franco-British Exhibition, a single-track loop was built around the depot in 1908 and a platform for trade fair visitors at its northernmost point. The White City Stadium also attracted a large number of passengers.
In 1917 construction began on an extension to Ealing Broadway , for which two more platforms were built. The extension went into operation on August 3, 1920. The trains ending at Wood Lane continued to use the platform within the loop. Because of the cramped conditions on Wood Lane, a new station called White City was opened on November 23, 1947 a few hundred meters further north . Wood Lane station had been closed the day before.
The three platforms were preserved until 2003 and used as a material store for the depot that is still there. Due to the realization of the Westfield London urban development project , the surface structures have since been demolished. Part of the façade has been saved and has been placed in the care of the London Transport Museum . A new station of the same name was built in the immediate vicinity on the Hammersmith & City Line and opened on October 12, 2008.
- JE Connor: London's disused Underground stations . Capital Transport, London 2001, ISBN 1-85414-250-X , pp. 78-89 .
- Historical photos of the station and its surroundings. London Transport Museum, accessed September 3, 2018 .
- Wood Lane and Shepherd's Bush Market to join Tube map. TfL , November 20, 2006, archived from the original ; accessed on September 3, 2018 .
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