Brixton tube station

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Brixton London Underground
Brixton Tube 2006-04-22.jpg
Brixton is located in Greater London
Location of Brixton in Greater London
Location Brixton
Local authority Lambeth
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2
OSI Brixton National Rail [2]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 21.280 million[3]
2011 Increase 22.51 million[3]
2012 Increase 24.82 million[3]
2013 Increase 27.22 million[3]
Key dates
1971 Opened (Victoria line)
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°27′45″N 0°06′54″W / 51.4626°N 0.1149°W / 51.4626; -0.1149

Brixton tube station is a London Underground station on Brixton Road in the Brixton district of the London Borough of Lambeth in south London. The station is the southern terminus of the Victoria line. The station was opened on 23 July 1971 by the London Transport Executive. It has high usage for an inner suburban station with 27.2 million entries and exits during 2013.


The station is in Brixton Road and about 100 m from Brixton railway station[4] (on the London Victoria to Orpington line, operated by South Eastern). Although the route of London Overground also runs close to Brixton tube station, there is no station in Brixton on this route because the Inner South London Line is on high railway arches, and Overground trains pass overhead.[5][6]

Map of rail & tube lines passing through Brixton, showing the location of East Brixton


From the ticket hall, three escalators take passengers to and from the platforms. There are also passenger lifts between street level, the ticket hall and the platforms.

The station is laid out as a two-track terminus with a scissors crossover north of the station, and the line continues for a short distance south of the station platforms to form a pair of sidings. These are used for the overnight stabling of a pair of trains, which then form the morning's first two northbound services.

There has been speculation regarding the possibility of extending the Victoria line past Brixton and putting in a loop that trains would run around with a single-platform station under Herne Hill railway station. Arguably this would speed up operations on the Victoria line by reducing the number of conflicting train movements at the scissors crossover. However, as the Victoria line is already very heavily loaded and would likely not cope well with any extra passengers, such considerations may well prevent such a plan going any further.[citation needed]

Station Improvements[edit]

As part of a framework agreement with London Underground, Chetwoods were engaged to carry out an extensive refurbishment of the passenger areas of Brixton Underground Station. This included an overall redesign of the station’s external façade and entrance lobby, together with refurbishment of a number of smaller retail outlets and the ticket office. The scheme developed the Practice’s expertise in the particular technical and design requirements of underground facilities, benefitting the design approach to projects for other clients such as Network Rail.[7] The refurbishment started in 2001, and was completed in 2010. The station was briefly closed for asbestos removal in 2006.[citation needed]


London Buses routes 2; 3; 35; 45; 59; 109; 118; 133; 159; 333; 355; 415; 432; P4,[8] school routes 689[citation needed] and 690[9] and night routes N2; N3; N35; N109 and N133 serve the station.[8]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ London Underground map
  5. ^ "East London Line Extensions - Loughborough Junction". AlwaysTouchOut. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "ELLG response to the South London Route Utilisation Strategy". Network Rail. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Brixton Underground Station Redevelopment
  8. ^ a b Brixton Station - Bus
  9. ^ Brixton Water Lane - Bus

External links[edit]

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