London's ghost Tubes stations REVEALED - we bet you haven't heard of some of them before

Heard of Ongar Tube station?

Did you know? There are over 40 abandoned Tube stations hidden in London.

According to Transport for London, these stations were closed for a range of reasons, from low passenger numbers (Blake Hall was estimated to have only 17 passengers a day at its closure) to rerouting of lines (as with Harrow Town).

Many stations were used as shelters for the public during the Second World War, even if they had already been closed for service (City Road for example).

Transport for London has made a handy list of 22 of these abandoned stations. Why only 22 and not 40? TfL’s list does not address those stations which have relocated but retained the same name and line service.

Take a look at these London ghost stations:

1. Strand or Aldwych

Date opened: 30 Nov 1907

Station opened as: Strand (until 8 May 1915)

Lines: Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway Piccadilly

Name at closure: Aldwych (from 9 May 1915)

Date closed:  30 Sep 1994

 

2. Blake Hall

Date opened: 1865

Station opened as: Blake Hall

Lines: Epping-Ongar Central

Name at closure: Blake Hall

Date closed: 31 Oct 1981

 

3. British Museum

Date opened: 30 Jul 1900

Station opened as: British Museum

Lines:  Central London Railway

Name at closure: British Museum

Date closed: 25 Sep 1933

 

4. Brompton Road

Date opened: 15 Dec 1906

Station opened as: Brompton Road

Lines:  Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway

Name at closure: Brompton Road

Date closed: 30 Jul 1934

 

5. Charing Cross

Date opened: 1 May 1979

Station opened as: Charing Cross

Lines: Jubilee

Name at closure: Charing Cross

Date closed: 20 Nov 1999

 

6. City Road

Date opened: 17 Nov 1901

Station opened as: City Road

Lines: City and South London Railway

Name at closure: City Road

Date closed: 9 Aug 1922

 

7. Down Street

Date opened: 15 March 1907

Station opened as: Down Street

Lines: Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway

Name at closure: Down Street

Date closed: 22 May 1932

 

8. Hounslow or Hounslow Town

Date opened: 1 May 1883

Station opened as: Hounslow (until 1884)

Lines:  Metropolitan District Railway

Name at closure: Hounslow Town (1884-1 Apr 1886, 1 Mar 1903-2 May 1909)

Date closed: 2 Apr 1886-2 Mar 1903, 3 May 1909

 

9. King William Street

Date opened: 18 Dec 1890

Station opened as: King William Street

Lines: City and South London Railway

Name at closure: King William Street

Date closed: 25 Feb 1900

 

10. St John’s Wood Road or Lords

Date opened: 13 Apr 1868

Station opened as: St John’s Wood Road (until 31 Mar 1925)

Lines: Metropolitan and St. Johns Wood Railway Metropolitan

Other names: St John’s Wood (1 Apr 1925-10 Jun 1939)

Name at closure: Lords (from 11 Jun 1939)

Date closed: 20 Nov 1939

 

11. Mark Lane or Tower Hill

Date opened: 6 Oct 1884

Station opened as: Mark Lane (until 30 Sep 1946)

Lines: Circle

Name at closure: Tower Hill (1 Oct 1946)

Date closed: 5 Feb 1967

 

12. Marlborough Road

Date opened: 13 Apr 1868

Station opened as: Marlborough Road

Lines: Metropolitan and St. John’s Railway

Name at closure: Marlborough Road

Date closed: 20 Nov 1939

 

13. North Weald

Date opened: 1 Apr 1885

Station opened as: North Weald

Lines: Epping-Ongar Central

Name at closure: North Weald

Date closed: 30 Sep 1994

 

14. Ongar

Date opened: 24 Apr 1865

Station opened as: Ongar

Lines: Epping-Ongar Central

Name at closure: Ongar

Date closed: 30 Sep 1994

 

15. Osterley Park and Spring Grove

Date opened: 1 May 1883

Station opened as: Osterley Park and Spring Grove

Lines: Hounslow and Metropolitan Line

Name at closure: Osterley Park and Spring Grove

Date closed: 25 Mar 1934

 

16. St Mary’s (Whitechapel)

Date opened: 3 Mar 1884

Station opened as: St Mary’s (Whitechapel)(until 25 Jan 1923)

Lines: Metropolitan and Metropolitan District, South Eastern Railway, East London

Name at closure: St Mary’s (Whitechapel Road) (from 26 Jan 1923)

Date closed: 1 May 1938

 

17. South Acton

Date opened: 13 Jun 1905

Station opened as: South Acton

Lines: Metropolitan District Railway, Piccadilly

Name at closure: South Acton

Date closed: 2 Mar 1959

 

18. South Kentish Town

Date opened: 22 Jun 1907

Station opened as: South Kentish Town

Lines: Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway

Name at closure: South Kentish Town

Date closed: 5 Jun 1924

 

19. Swiss Cottage

Date opened: 13 Apr 1868

Station opened as: Swiss Cottage

Lines: Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway, Metropolitan

Name at closure: Swiss Cottage

Date closed: 18 Aug 1940

 

20. Wood Lane (exhibition) or White City

Date opened: 1 May 1908

Station opened as: Wood Lane (Exhibition) (until 1 Nov 1914)

Lines: Hammersmith and City

Other names: Wood Lane (White City) (from 5 Nov 1920-22 Nov 1947)

Name at closure: White City (from 23 Nov 1947)

Date closed: 25 Oct 1959

 

21. Wood Lane

Date opened: 14 May 1908

Station opened as: Wood Lane

Lines: Central London Railway

Name at closure: Wood Lane

Date closed: 23 Nov 1947

 

22. York Road

Date opened: 15 Dec 1906

Station opened as: York Road

Lines: Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway

Name at closure: York Road

Date closed: 19 Sep 1932

 

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Readers' comments (2)

  • ..and what a bizarre article by Shruti, considering Shruti filmed me meeting with starting this project and meeting with the Mayor and now has no mention of this in the article. Shruti?

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  • All credit for raising the profile of these stations has to go to Ajit - not to the press or indeed Transport for London - their imagination stretches only as far trying to steal Ajits ideas!

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