Aldgate tube station
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Location of Aldgate in Central London
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|Number of platforms||4|
|OSI||Fenchurch Street |
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|18 November 1876||Opened|
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Aldgate is a London Underground station located at Aldgate on the eastern edge of the City of London. It is on the Circle line between Tower Hill and Liverpool Street, and it is also the eastern terminus of the Metropolitan line. The station is in fare zone 1.
Platforms 1 and 4 at Aldgate are two of only three platforms (along with platform 2 at Gloucester Road) on the network to be served exclusively by the Circle line (all other Circle line platforms are shared by the District, Metropolitan and/or Hammersmith & City lines).
The station was opened on 18 November 1876 with a southbound extension to Tower Hill opening on 25 September 1882, completing the Circle (line). Services from Aldgate originally ran further west than they do now, reaching as far as Richmond, and trains also used to run from Aldgate to Hammersmith (the Hammersmith & City line now bypasses the station). It became the terminus of the Metropolitan line in 1941. Before that, Metropolitan trains had continued on to the southern termini of the East London Line.
In 2005, one of four bombs used in the 7 July London terrorist attacks was detonated on a Circle line train that had departed Liverpool Street and was approaching Aldgate. Seven passengers were killed in the explosion, as well as the suicide bomber. Of the stations affected by the bombings, Aldgate was the first to be reopened, once police had handed back control of the site to London Underground following an extensive search for evidence. Once the damaged tunnel was repaired by Metronet engineers, the line was reopened, also allowing the Metropolitan line to be fully restored, since the closure had meant all trains had to be terminated two stations early, at Moorgate.
Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but the typical off-peak service pattern is:
- 2 tph (trains per hour) to Amersham (Metropolitan line)
- 2 tph to Chesham (Metropolitan line)
- 8 tph to Uxbridge (Metropolitan line)
- 6 tph to Edgware Road via Embankment (Circle line)
- 6 tph to Hammersmith via Liverpool Street (Circle line)
During peak hours there are also Metropolitan line fast and semi-fast services to Amersham, Chesham and Watford, which start at Aldgate.
In the story, the body of a junior clerk named Cadogan West is found on the tracks outside Aldgate, with a number of stolen plans for the Bruce-Partington submarine in his pocket. It seems clear enough that "the man, dead or alive, either fell or was precipitated from a train." But why, wonders Holmes, did the dead man not have a ticket? It turns out that the body was placed on top of a train carriage before it reached Aldgate, via a window in a house on a cutting overlooking the Metropolitan line. Holmes realises that the body fell off the carriage roof only when the train was jolted by the dense concentration of points at Aldgate.
Aldgate is also mentioned in John Creasy's 1955 detective novel Gideon's Day.
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