Hyde Park Corner tube station

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Hyde Park Corner London Underground
Pizza on the Park.jpg
Former Hyde Park Corner station building
Hyde Park Corner is located in Central London
Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park Corner
Location of Hyde Park Corner in Central London
Location Hyde Park Corner
Local authority Westminster
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 5.87 million[1]
2011 Increase 6.10 million[2]
2012 Decrease 5.79 million[2]
2013 Increase 5.80 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway
Key dates
15 December 1906 Station opened
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°30′10″N 0°09′10″W / 51.5028°N 0.1528°W / 51.5028; -0.1528

Hyde Park Corner is a London Underground station near Hyde Park Corner in Hyde Park. It is in Travelcard Zone 1, between Knightsbridge and Green Park on the Piccadilly line.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway on 15 December 1906. The original, Leslie Green-designed station building still remains to the south of the road junction, notable by its ox-blood coloured tiles; it was until June 2010 used as a pizza restaurant, and since 14 December 2012 it has been the Wellesley Hotel. The building was taken out of use when the station was provided with escalators in place of lifts and a new sub-surface ticket hall that came into use on 23 May 1932 [3] although an emergency stairway provides a connection to the platforms. The lift shafts are now used to provide ventilation. The 1932 station had showcases inset to the walls that showed a series of diamoras depicting the development of the London bus - long gone, some of the scale models survive in the LT Museum Collections.[3]

When the station was rebuilt with escalators the adjacent little-used station at Down Street to the east (towards Green Park) was taken out of use.

Present day[edit]

It is one of the few stations which have no associated buildings above ground, the station being fully underground. The current entrance to the station is accessed from within the pedestrian underpass system around the Hyde Park Corner junction.

When the central section of the Piccadilly line is closed (such as after the 7 July 2005 London bombings), the station becomes the terminus of the western part due to the presence of a crossover tunnel to the east of the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b Croome, Desmond F.; Jackson, Alan A. (1993). Rails through the Clay. London. p. 198. 

Connections[edit]

Image gallery[edit]

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towards Hammersmith
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towards Finsbury Park