Mark Lane tube station
|Place||Mark Lane, City of London|
|Opened by||Metropolitan Railway & Metropolitan District Railway|
|Key dates||Opened 1884
|Replaced by||Tower Hill|
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The station was originally opened on 6 October 1884 to replace the short-lived Tower of London station, which was closed when the Metropolitan Railway and Metropolitan District Railway were connected to form the Circle line and a new larger station had to be built.
On 1 September 1946 the station was renamed from Mark Lane to Tower Hill.
The station became disused due to overwhelming passenger numbers and there was little space available for expansion. It was closed on 4 February 1967, and the present Tower Hill station was opened as its replacement, on the same site as the original station that had closed in 1884.
The sub-surface section of Mark Lane station can still be seen between Monument and Tower Hill, though only one platform on the eastbound track now remains due to redevelopment of the track. The surface station, sited in Seething Lane, can be seen in the form of a subway under the road, where large white grilles now cover the original stairways down to the platforms.
The offices above the station were called Mark Lane Station Buildings, and this can still be read above an entrance.
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards Edgware Road
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