Bounds Green tube station

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Bounds Green
London Underground
Bounds Green stn building.jpg
Bounds Green is located in Greater London
Bounds Green
Bounds Green
Location of Bounds Green in Greater London
Location Bounds Green
Local authority London Borough of Haringey
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3 and 4
OSI Bowes Park [1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 5.30 million[2]
2011 Increase 5.59 million[3]
2012 Increase 5.74 million[3]
2013 Increase 6.16 million[3]
Railway companies
Original company London Electric Railway
Key dates
19 September 1932 Station opened
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1393641[4]
Added to list 19 January 2010
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°36′25″N 0°07′27″W / 51.6069°N 0.1242°W / 51.6069; -0.1242

Bounds Green tube station is a London Underground station, located at the junction of Bounds Green Road and Brownlow Road, in North London. The station is on the Piccadilly line, between Wood Green and Arnos Grove stations, and is on the boundary between Zone 3 and Zone 4.

History and architecture[edit]

Like all stations on the Cockfosters extension, Bounds Green station, which opened on 19 September 1932, set new aesthetic standards, not previously seen on London's Underground. During the planning period of the extension to Cockfosters, alternate names for this station, "Wood Green North" and "Brownlow Road" were considered but rejected.

The entrance in 1955

Architecturally, this tube station, designed in the typical "Box-style" of the architect Charles Holden by his colleague C. H. James, is a well-preserved example of the modernist house style of London Transport in the 1930s. The octagonal frontage is flanked by a ventilation tower. Unlike others on this extension, the station was not previously nationally listed as of special architectural interest but in August 2008 an application was made to English Heritage for a listing recommendation and in January 2010 the station was Listed at Grade II.[4][5]

Second World War[edit]

On the night of 13 October 1940, during The Blitz, a lone German aircraft dropped a single bomb on houses to the north of the station. The destruction of the houses caused the north end of the westbound platform tunnel to collapse, killing or injuring many people amongst those sheltering from the air raid. The train service was disrupted for two months.

Memorial plaque placed in 1994 for the 1940 air raid victims

A memorial plaque (at the north end of the westbound platform) erroneously commemorates "sixteen Belgian refugees and... three British citizens who died" in the attack. The records of the civilian deaths held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission indicate that in fact sixteen people died at the scene - only three of whom were Belgian - with a seventeenth dying in hospital the following day. Approximately twenty people were injured, but survived.[6]

Layout[edit]

Two escalators take passengers from the ticket hall down to the platforms with a central fixed stairway. These machines were installed in 1989 and 1991, replacing the original 1932 machines. The current installations are Otis MH-B type of 15.8m vertical rise. The sub-surface areas of the station are finished in biscuit-coloured tiles lined with red friezes. The station tunnels have, in common with those of Southgate, a diameter of 21 feet (6.4 metres). In contrast, the much busier Wood Green, Turnpike Lane and Manor House have 23-foot (7-metre) diameter platform tunnels. The construction of "suicide pits" between the rails was also innovative; these were built in connection with a system of passageways under the platforms to give access to the track.[citation needed]

Recently[edit]

The station was refurbished as part of Transport for London’s £10 billion Investment Programme. The works were completed overnight and in a series of weekend closures. New train indicators were placed and much of the flooring and tiling has been cleaned/replaced.

Transport links[edit]

London bus routes 102, 184, 221, 299 and night route N91. Bowes Park National Rail station is also just a short walk away.

Nearby places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "BOUNDS GREEN UNDERGROUND STATION (INCLUDING NO. 38)". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 
  5. ^ "Bounds Green Station awarded listed status". Press releases. Transport for London. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-05-06. 
  6. ^ Cooper, Nick (7 December 2010) [2003]. "Casualty & Fatality Analysis: Bounds Green". Archived from the original on 2013-05-06. 

External links[edit]

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