Shepherd's Bush railway station (1869-1916)
|Opened by||London and South Western Railway|
|Key dates||Opened 1869
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Shepherd's Bush is a closed London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) station in Shepherd's Bush, west London. The station was situated on the L&SWR's line between Richmond (now the District line) and the West London Joint Railway (WLJR). It was between Hammersmith (Grove Road) station and Addison Road (now Kensington Olympia) station.
The station opened on 1 January 1869 when the L&SWR line was opened. The line ran in an arc with the station near its apex, located in a shallow cutting on the west side of Shepherd's Bush Road (A219) adjacent to Sulgrave Road.
Services to central London ran via a circuitous route to Waterloo and the station was, from its beginning, subject to competition for passengers from the more direct routes available from nearby Metropolitan Railway (MR) stations at Shepherd's Bush Market (then called simply Shepherd's Bush), and Uxbridge Road. On the section of the Richmond line to the west through Ravenscourt Park and Turnham Green the L&SWR service competed, from 1877, with the District Railway's (DR's, now the District line) more direct service via Earl's Court.
Competition became stronger when the Central London Railway (CLR, now the Central line) opened its own station just to the north of Shepherd's Bush Green in 1900 and the MR opened a new station at Goldhawk Road in 1914. The L&SWR station and line closed on 3 June 1916.
In 1919, the CLR published plans to build a tunneled link to the disused L&SWR tracks south-west of the station so that it might run trains to Richmond via Hammersmith (Grove Road) station and Turnham Green. Although authorization was granted in 1920, the connection was never realized.
The route was finally abandoned around 1930 to enable the extension of the Piccadilly line to take over the track between Ravenscourt Park and Turnham Green. The tracks between Ravenscourt Park and Kensington Olympia were removed and the land sold for redevelopment. Since then much of the route has been built on in the following decades so that little is left to indicate the route except for the curving alignment of Sulgrave Road and Minford Gardens and the bridge in Shepherd's Bush Road where it crossed over the tracks. The site of the station was redeveloped in the 1960s and is occupied by a block of flats.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Hammersmith (Grove Road)
Line and station closed
|London and South Western Railway||Addison Road
Line closed, station open
- The London Gazette: . 25 November 1919.
- Central London and Metropolitan District Railway Companies (Works) Act, 1920