Fulham Broadway tube station

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Fulham Broadway London Underground
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Fulham Broadway is located in Greater London
Fulham Broadway
Fulham Broadway
Location of Fulham Broadway in Greater London
Location Walham Green
Local authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 9.30 million[2]
2011 Increase 9.56 million[2]
2012 Decrease 9.50 million[2]
2013 Increase 9.94 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company District Railway
Key dates
1 March 1880 Opened as Walham Green
2 March 1952 Renamed Fulham Broadway
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°28′50″N 0°11′41″W / 51.4806°N 0.1947°W / 51.4806; -0.1947

Fulham Broadway is a London Underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District line. It is between West Brompton and Parsons Green stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2. The station is located on Fulham Broadway (A304). It is notable as the nearest station to Stamford Bridge stadium, the home of Chelsea Football Club. The London Oratory School is also nearby.

History[edit]

The station was opened as Walham Green on 1 March 1880 when the District Railway (DR, now the District line) extended its line south from West Brompton to Putney Bridge.

The original station building was replaced in 1905 with a new entrance designed by Harry W Ford to accommodate crowds for the newly built Stamford Bridge stadium. It is now a Grade II listed building.

The name was changed to its current form on 2 March 1952 after representations from Fulham Chamber of Commerce.

In 2003 the street-level station building at the southern end of the platform was closed and a new entrance was opened within the adjacent Fulham Broadway shopping centre. The shopping centre has the motto "Life Begins At Fulham Broadway". The centre was partly built above what were the previously open-air sections of the platforms and the station facilities were improved to provide full wheelchair accessibility and to again improve the management of football crowds. (The station exit towards the shopping centre is closed on Chelsea F.C. matchdays; fans are directed towards a different exit at the northern end of the station.) The old station building was refurbished and occupied between 2005 and April 2010 by a T.G.I. Friday's restaurant. From July 2010 to February 2012 the site was home to Union Market which described itself as a farmers market with the convenience of a supermarket.[3] It retains many of the original station signs and architectural features, including the historic terracotta block facade. The original footbridge remains in situ.

Due to the area's poor Underground links, it is the station used locally by many residents of the western part of neighbouring Chelsea.

On the night of 21 May 2008, the station was the scene of riots following Chelsea's defeat by Manchester United in the Champions League Final.[4]

Cultural references[edit]

  • In 1998 the station was featured in the film "Sliding Doors" where Gwyneth Paltrow met John Hannah after successfully catching her tube. When they leave the tube, they can be seen walking up the old steps towards the exit. These steps no longer lead to that exit, having been superseded by the new ticket hall described previously; they do remain as a bridge between platforms however.
  • Ian Dury and the Blockheads' 1978 single What a Waste contains the line: "I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station".
  • Mentioned in Take That's song "Pretty Things" off their 2010 album "Progress".

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Courtney, Adam. "Economy Bites as Union Market in Fulham is Forced to Close". Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Riots in London as Chelsea fans clash with police after Champions League defeat". Daily Mail (Daily Mail). 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 11, 14, 28, 211, 295, 391, 414, 424 and Night Routes N11 and N28 serve the station.

External links[edit]

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towards Wimbledon
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