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    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

     

    1. Blake Hall

    Date opened: 1865

    Station opened as: Blake Hall

    Lines: Epping-Ongar Central

    Name at closure: Blake Hall

    Date closed: 31 Oct 1981

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. Charing Cross

    Date opened: 1 May 1979

    Station opened as: Charing Cross

    Lines: Jubilee

    Name at closure: Charing Cross

    Date closed: 20 Nov 1999

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. Ongar

    Date opened: 24 Apr 1865

    Station opened as: Ongar

    Lines: Epping-Ongar Central

    Name at closure: Ongar

    Date closed: 30 Sep 1994

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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

     

    1. 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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