Ten Abandoned Derelict Stations of London

Covering 402 km of track and reaching out to 270 stations, the London Underground (or the Tube) has been around since the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is a most convenient and easy form of travel in the city that is used by millions of commuters every year. As with every other development, it has evolved over the years to reach its present status as one of the best systems in the world. However, there have been many trips along the way and as a result some of the underground stations serving the tube have fallen back and been neglected and abandoned. Some of these derelict stations are being described below.

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Tower of London:

This station closed down in 1884, just two years after its opening mainly because of the opening of a new station at Tower Hill to its west which also closed the same day. The Tower of London station was part of the Metropolitan railway until 1884 till the formation of the Circle Line by connecting the District Line with the MR. The nearest stay of Tower of London is The Shaftesbury Piccadilly.

British Museum:

It is quite a paradox that the collections at the British Museum are well-preserved but its old Tube station is decrepit. It was opened in 1900 by Central London Railways and in 1906 the Holborn Station was opened just 100 yards away. The practice during those days to open stations so close by was due to the fact that it would be convenient for the railways to link services between the stations, if needed. However, such a need never arose and the British Museum station was not used and ultimately closed in 1933. Although it was reopened in the 1960s as a military administration office and emergency command post, it was again closed down and since then it has remained shut.

Trafalgar Square:

Opening in 1906 on the Bakerloo Line, it was used until the 1970s but with the opening of the Jubilee Line and the building of the Charing Cross Station, the Trafalgar Square and Strand Stations were merged into Charing Cross and some of the lower platforms of Trafalgar Square were completely abandoned.

In order to conveniently most of these derelict stations, it would be best for you to stay at an accommodation in Piccadilly London as you would be located close by.

Charing Cross – Jubilee Line Platforms:

Originally built to be the southern terminus of the Jubilee Line, Charing Cross station was closed in 1999. After the extension of the Jubilee Line to Lewisham in south-east London, a part of the tunnel between Charing Cross and Green Park was amalgamated as a branch line of the new extension. The Jubilee Line platforms of Charing Cross were officially closed on 30 November 1999.

Aldwych:

It was closed for six years during World War II for being used as a bomb shelter and it was also used as storage spot for the Elgin Marbles. It was ultimately closed in 1994 basically due to low passenger traffic. It is often used for filming.

St Mary’s:

The entrance to this station in Whitechapel was destroyed by a bomb during the Blitz and it was never reopened. However, the interior remains underneath the pavement but it is in shambles.

Heathrow Terminal 5:

This station was never used and so it was never closed officially. When the Heathrow Terminal 4 Loop was built in the 1980s, preparations were done for this station in case Terminal 5 was ever built but since the location of the original station was about one kilometre away from the current location of the terminal, it was abandoned and a new Terminal 5 station was built.

Embankment Sub-Station

At this location, many stations were opened over the years that were located next to each other but they were all combined at the time of nationalisation of the tube to form the Embankment and Charing Cross. However, when these unwanted stations were removed, the old tunnels were left as they were without being filled up and a few parts of the interchange between Embankment and Charing Cross exist even now as winding tunnels and open concrete spaces.

Mark Lane

Mark Lane station opened in 1884 and was in existence until 1967 but there is very little semblance of the same at present. It was closed when Tower Hill was opened close by to handle the large number of commuters. Its closure was unlike other stations that still have tell-tale signs in the form of tiling and posters, as it was stripped down completely and its tunnels were turned into cold concrete cellars. After nearly half a century of further development of the area, most of the earlier areas are now a part of history after being hacked off, re-appropriated or demolished to accommodate new incoming lines. All that is left is just the deep underground, some old staircases, a section of line and some broken platform. Over the ground you can only find a gated off section of a pedestrian subway where the station once existed and served passengers for 80 years.

Bakerloo Line:

Until quite recently, the Bakerloo Line was running beyond Harrow and Wealdstone. It used to serve Headstone Lane, Hatch End, Carpender’s Park, Bushey & Oxhey, Watford High Street and Watford. These stations are not completely abandoned as they are now served by the mainline service that follows the Bakerloo Line along its northern stretch.

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