Oval tube station

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Oval London Underground
Oval station building.JPG
The station entrance viewed from Kennington Park
Oval is located in Greater London
Location of Oval in Greater London
Location Kennington
Local authority London Borough of Lambeth
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 5.63 million[1]
2011 Increase 5.85 million[1]
2012 Increase 6.11 million[1]
2013 Decrease 5.91 million[1]
Key dates
18 December 1890 Opened (C&SLR)
Early 1920s Station building rebuilt
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°28′55″N 0°06′45″W / 51.4819°N 0.1125°W / 51.4819; -0.1125

Oval tube station in Kennington is a station on the Northern line of the London Underground between Stockwell and Kennington stations. Oval station is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is named after The Oval, which it serves.

The station is located at the junction of Kennington Park Road (heading north-east), Camberwell New Road (south-east), Clapham Road (south west) and Harleyford Street (north west) and is about 500 yards from the Oval cricket ground. It opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the City & South London Railway. Also close by are Kennington Park and the imposing St Mark's Church. The station has cricket-themed decorations, with murals, statues and banners all celebrating the illustrious game.


The City and South London railway opened to passengers between Stockwell and King William Street on 18 December 1890, and was both the first standard gauge tube and the first railway to employ electric traction in London. To avoid disturbance of surface buildings the tube was shield-driven at deep level, and much of the work was done via shafts at station sites which later contained the passenger lifts. The Oval station, opened as Kennington Oval, was designed by Thomas Phillips Figgis with elements of early Arts and Crafts and neo-classical detailing. The structure was made distinctive by a lead-covered dome with cupola lantern and weathervane which housed some of the lift equipment; the main part of the building was of red brick. The station building was rebuilt in the early 1920s when the line was modernised and was refurbished during late 2007/early 2008 at street level with a modern tiling scheme inside and out, giving the station a more modern look. Reflecting its proximity to the cricket ground, the internal decorative tiling features large images of cricketers in various stances.

Oval tube station was the intended site of one of the attempted London bombings on 21 July 2005.


London Buses routes 3; 36; 59; 133; 155; 159; 185; 333; 415; 436 and night routes N109; N133; N136 and N155 serve the station.


  1. ^ 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. 


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