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Willesden Green tube station

Willesden Green
Main building viewed from the south-east
Willesden Green is located in Greater London
Willesden Green
Location of Willesden Green in Greater London
Location Willesden
Local authority London Borough of Brent
Grid reference
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 2 and 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 7.81 million[1]
2012 8.23 million[1]
2013 8.56 million[1]
2014 8.82 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Metropolitan Railway
Key dates
24 November 1879 (1879-11-24) Opened as Willesden Green[2][3]
1 June 1894 Renamed Willesden Green and Cricklewood[2][4]
1938 Renamed Willesden Green[2][3]
20 November 1939 Bakerloo line service introduced[3]
7 December 1940 Metropolitan line service withdrawn[3]
3 January 1966 Goods yard closed[5]
1 May 1979 Bakerloo line service replaced by Jubilee line[3]
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1391808[6]
Added to list 07 November 2006
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

Willesden Green is a London Underground station on Walm Lane in Willesden. It is served by the Jubilee line and is between Dollis Hill and Kilburn. Metropolitan line trains also pass through the station, but do not usually stop. The station is on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Connections 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4

History

The station opened on 24 November 1879 on the Metropolitan Railway (later the Metropolitan line). From 1894 to 1938 it was known as Willesden Green and Cricklewood station. From 20 November 1939 it also served the Stanmore branch of the Bakerloo line, with Met services being withdrawn the following year. It transferred to the Jubilee line in 1979. The station still has platforms on the Metropolitan line, but these are not in regular use and are only used when the Jubilee line is not serving the station due to planned engineering works[7] or severe service disruption.

The main station buildings, which date from the reconstruction of 1925, are fine examples of the work of Charles Walter Clark, the Metropolitan Railway's architect, who used this style of marble white faience for several 'central' area stations. The diamond-shaped clock is also a trademark of his style. The ticket hall interior, which retains much of the original green tesserae mosaic tiling, is a rare survival and was one of the reasons that led to the station being made a Grade II Listed Building in December 2006.

Willesden Green is one of the few stations on the southern section of the former Metropolitan Main line to still have its original platform buildings intact and its architecture is typical for a station serving a medium-sized town. Baker Street and Neasden are the other stations to have their platform buildings intact. The line between Finchley Road and Harrow-on-the-Hill was quadrupled between 1914–1916, and many intermediate stations had to be rebuilt to enable the fast lines to be built.

A goods yard, which was in use until 1966, was located to the north of the station. From 1933, when the London Transport took over service, trains from the north would be run by the LNER to LT Neasden works where they would be then hauled by LT steam locos to Willesden.

There are frequent Jubilee line trains from central London, some of which terminate at Willesden Green.

Connections

London Buses routes 260, 266 and 460 serve the station.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 251.  
  3. ^ a b c d e Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport.  
  4. ^ Spencer, Adam (1996). Willesden - Britain in Old Photographs. p. 88.  
  5. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (London Underground Railway Society) (591): 175–183.  
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "Mayor answers to London: Willesden Green". The London Assembly. 14 Sep 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014. During Jubilee line closures, starting in 2009, the Metropolitan line stopped at Willesden Green for a total of 37 days. Over this two year period 323,088 passengers used the station – an average of 8,732 on each day, compared with a typical Saturday and Sunday usage by Jubilee line customers at the station of 14,131 and 10,804 respectively. 
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
towards Stratford
Metropolitan line
No regular service
towards Baker Street or Aldgate
towards Stanmore
Bakerloo line
Stanmore branch (1939-1979)
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