Wood Green tube station

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Wood Green London Underground
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Wood Green is located in Greater London
Wood Green
Wood Green
Location of Wood Green in Greater London
Location Wood Green
Local authority London Borough of Haringey
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 10.93 million[1]
2011 Increase 11.35 million[1]
2012 Increase 11.53 million[1]
2013 Increase 12.44 million[1]
Key dates
1932 Opened (Piccadilly Line)
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1401120[2]
Added to list 20 July 2011
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°35′49″N 0°06′36″W / 51.597°N 0.11°W / 51.597; -0.11

Wood Green is a London Underground station on the Piccadilly line. The station is between Turnpike Lane and Bounds Green stations and is in Travelcard Zone 3. It is located at junction of High Road, Wood Green and Lordship Lane. It serves Wood Green Shopping City and the nearby Haringey Council administrative complex as well as a densely populated residential area.

History[edit]

The station opened on 19 September 1932 when the first section of the Cockfosters extension from Finsbury Park was opened.

Like all stations on the extension, Wood Green set new aesthetic standards, not previously seen on London's Underground. When the Cockfosters extension was planned, alternative names for this station—"Lordship Lane" and "Wood Green Central"—were considered, but rejected. Architecturally, this station, designed by Charles Holden, is a well-preserved example of the modernist house style Holden developed for London Transport in the 1930s. Located on a corner site, the main frontage is curved and is flanked by two ventilation towers, although these are later additions to the station. On the northern side, the structure also incorporates a shop which forms part of the parade in High Road. The other end of the parade features a large London Underground sub-station.

From July 2011, the station is a grade II listed building, which now means every station building between Turnpike Lane and Cockfosters is listed.

The below surface areas of the station are tiled in biscuit-coloured tiles lined with green friezes. The station tunnels—in common with those of Manor House and Turnpike Lane—are 23 ft (7 m) diameter and were designed for the greater volume of traffic expected. In contrast, the platform tunnels at both Bounds Green and Southgate have a diameter of only 21 ft (6.4 m). The construction of "suicide pits" between the rails was a new innovation.

To the north of the station is a reversing siding. This was used for reversing northbound trains so that they could return towards central London and Heathrow Airport or Uxbridge. Until the 1990s trains were regularly turned back here - trains now only reverse at Wood Green in times of service disruption, or to regain time after late running.

On 16 March 1976, the station was the site of a Provisional IRA bombing, when a device exploded on an empty train as it prepared to enter the reversing siding, before heading west to pick up football supporters at Arsenal. There was one passenger standing on the platform and was injured by flying glass.[3]

The National Rail station now called Alexandra Palace was formerly called Wood Green; it was renamed in 1984.

Crossrail[edit]

With the Chelsea-Hackney line, otherwise known as Crossrail 2 under discussion, proposals have included Wood Green as a possible station on a spur between Angel and Alexandra Palace stations.[4] Plans include an automated train service, although some plans show the line ending at Seven Sisters. Nothing has been confirmed.[5]

Connections[edit]

London Buses route 29; 67; 121; 123; 141; 144; 221; 230; 232; 243; 329; W4 and night routes N29 and N91 serve the station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 
  2. ^ "Wood Green Underground Station". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 
  3. ^ "1976: Tube driver shot dead". On This Day (BBC News Online). 15 March 1976. Archived from the original on 2003-06-30. "The day after this incident a man was injured when a bomb exploded on a tube train at Wood Green, in north London." 
  4. ^ "Metro or regional rail? TfL maps Crossrail 2 options". TransportXtra. Archived from the original on 2011-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Crossrail 2 Regional Scheme" (PDF). Transport for London. 10 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. 

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Piccadilly line
towards Cockfosters