Uxbridge Road tube station

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Uxbridge Road
Extract of 1900 map showing Shepherd's Bush Green.png
1900 Map showing location of Uxbridge Road station close to Shepherd's Bush Green
Uxbridge Road is located in Greater London
Uxbridge Road
Uxbridge Road
Location of Uxbridge Road in Greater London
Location
Place Shepherd's Bush
Local authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Grid reference TQ238799
History
Platforms 2
Original company West London Railway
Pre-grouping West London Railway
Post-grouping West London Railway
1 November 1869 (1869-11-01) Station opened
21 October 1940 (1940-10-21) Station closed
Replaced by Shepherd's Bush
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°30′19″N 0°13′01″W / 51.5054°N 0.2169°W / 51.5054; -0.2169

Uxbridge Road was a railway station on the West London Railway from 1869 to 1940. It was initially served by London & North Western Railway and the Great Western Railway. In 1905 the station became a branch of the Metropolitan Railway, and later London Underground's Metropolitan line. Uxbridge Road station closed on 21 October 1940 during World War II, when the West London Line was put out of service during the Blitz.

The station was located at the eastern end of the Uxbridge Road in Shepherd's Bush, west London, UK, just before the start of Holland Park Avenue, a short distance from Shepherd's Bush station on the Central line. The station entrance was situated on the site of the present-day Holland Park roundabout.

History[edit]

The Great Western Railway (GWR) opened the Hammersmith & City Railway (H&CR) on 13 June 1864, and from 1 July 1864 carriages from Kensington (Addison Road) (now Kensington [Olympia]) were attached and detached from trains at Notting Hill; through services between Kensington and the City of London beginning in April 1865.[1] A station had been built on the chord linking the H&CR and West London Railway, but this never opened due to GWR objections.[2] Following an agreement between the Metropolitan Railway and GWR in August 1868,[3] Uxbridge Road station, designed by the London & North Western Railway (L&NWR), opened on the West London Railway on 1 November 1869.[4] A GWR service from Great Western Main Line suburban stations to Victoria station passing through the station also stopped, with up to eleven services a day, initially from Southall and Reading.[5]

In 1872 the GWR Addison Road service was extended to Mansion House over the District Railway, becoming the 'middle circle'.[6] This terminated at Earl's Court from 1900, and from 1905 was replaced by a shuttle between Hammersmith & City stations and Addison Road.[7] The shuttle was replaced in 1907 by four electric trains an hour from Addison Road to Aldgate.[8] This service appears on the first 'London Underground' map in 1908 as a Metropolitan Railway service.[9] The GWR service to Victoria was withdrawn after 1915,[5] but they were to provide a workman's service from Greenford to Kensington from 1922 to 1938.[10]

Also from 1872 a L&NWR 'outer circle' service from Broad Street to Mansion House passed through the station.[11] In 1909 the L&NWR also ran several through trains to Southern England over the line, and some called at Uxbridge Road.[12] The outer circle was cut back to Earl's Court in 1909[7] and by 1914, when electric services began, was a Willesden Junction to Earl's Court shuttle.[13] The service from Earl's Court to Uxbridge Road appears on the first 'London Underground' map in 1908 as a District Railway service.[9]

The West London Railway was bombed several times in September and October 1940, and closed 21 October 1940. Passenger services over the entire line did not restart after the war.[12]

Resurrection of station[edit]

As part of the redevelopment of the White City site, a new mainline and London Overground station named Shepherd's Bush opened in 2008, on part of the site of the original Uxbridge Road station site as an interchange with Shepherd's Bush Central Line station.

See also[edit]

Looking north along the platforms of the new London Overground station to the site of the former Uxbridge Road station; the site of the station house is now covered by the Westfield shopping centre.[14]
Underground stations in Shepherd's Bush area


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Kensington (Olympia)   West London Line   St. Quintin Park
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Kensington (Olympia)
Terminus
  Metropolitan line
Middle Circle branch
  Latimer Road
towards Barking

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson 1986, p. 39.
  2. ^ Jackson 1986, p. 331.
  3. ^ Peacock 1970, p. 38.
  4. ^ Jackson 1986, p. 40.
  5. ^ a b Peacock 1970, pp. 24–27.
  6. ^ Peacock 1970, p. 48.
  7. ^ a b Bruce 1983, p. 11.
  8. ^ Jackson 1986, p. 183.
  9. ^ a b For the 1908 London Underground Map see commons.
  10. ^ Peacock 1970, p. 18.
  11. ^ Jackson 1986, p. 51.
  12. ^ a b "Uxbridge Road". Disused-Stations. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Marsden 2009, p. 84.
  14. ^ "Shepherd's Bush (WLR) 1st Site". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 

Sources[edit]

  • Bruce, J Graeme (1983). Steam to Silver. A history of London Transport Surface Rolling Stock. Capital Transport. ISBN 0-904711-45-5. 
  • Jackson, Alan (1986). London's Metropolitan Railway. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-8839-8. 
  • Marsden, Colin J (30 January 2009). The DC Electrics. Casemate. ISBN 978-0-86093-615-2. 
  • Peacock, Thomas B. (1970). Great Western London Suburban Services. Oakwood Press. ASIN B0006C7PD2. 
  • Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground: a Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Capital Transport Publishing. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 

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