Goodge Street tube station
Entrance on Tottenham Court Road
Location of Goodge Street in Central London
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It was opened on 22 June 1907 as Tottenham Court Road but changed to the present name on 3 September 1908 when an interchange was built between the previously separate (and differently named) Northern line and Central line stations at the present Tottenham Court Road. Goodge Street station changed its name on the same date.
It is one of the few tube stations that still rely on lifts rather than escalators to transport passengers to and from street level. In addition, it is one of the few tube stations with lifts to use the original scheme of separate exit and entrance areas .
Although the station is extremely busy at peak times, the flow is very one-sided. Few people enter the station when the majority are exiting and vice versa, and four lifts, full when travelling in one direction, often return with few people in them .
Deep-level air-raid shelter
Goodge Street is one of eight London Underground stations which has a World War II deep-level air-raid shelter underneath it. From late 1943 until the end of World War II, the Goodge Street shelter was used by SHAEF // the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. The shelter has two entrances — one on Chenies Street (pictured below) and the other on Tottenham Court Road next to the American International Church.
In the invasion preparations, the Goodge Street Station was used only as a signals installation by the Signal Corps of the US Army. It was one of a number of signals installations for communications in and around London. Among the installations were SHAEF headquarters at 20 Grosvenor Square and the basement of Selfridge's Department store on Oxford Street. Both buildings exist today.
After the war the shelters were used as a hostel that could accommodate up to 8000 troops.
In popular culture
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