Wood Lane (Metropolitan line) tube station

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This article is about the closed station that was on the Metropolitan line. For the closed station of the same name but on the Central line, see Wood Lane (Central line) tube station. For the current station which is on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, see Wood Lane tube station.
Wood Lane
Location
Place Shepherd's Bush
Local authority Hammersmith & Fulham
History
Opened by Metropolitan Railway
Platforms 2
1 May 1908 Opened as Wood Lane (Exhibition)
31 October 1914 Closed
5 May 1920 Reopened on ad hoc basis as Wood Lane (White City)
23 November 1947 Renamed White City
24 October 1959 Closed
Replaced by Wood Lane
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Wood Lane was a station on the London Underground that was located in Shepherd's Bush, west London. It was opened in 1908 on the Hammersmith branch of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Hammersmith & City line), on the viaduct adjacent to the bridge over Wood Lane and close to a station of the same name but on the Central London Railway (now the Central line).

It was closed temporarily in 1914, reopened in 1920 and eventually closed permanently in 1959 at which time it was served by the Metropolitan line.

History[edit]

Exhibition station[edit]

The two Wood Lane stations were opened in 1908 to serve the Franco-British Exhibition and the 1908 Olympic Games in the area that was to become known as White City. The Metropolitan Railway's Wood Lane opened with the name Wood Lane (Exhibition) on 1 May 1908 and the Central London Railway's Wood Lane station opened on 14 May 1908. Both were intended to be temporary and to be closed after the exhibition and the Games. Wood Lane (Exhibition) station was closed on 31 October 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War. The other Wood Lane became the permanent western terminus of the Central London Railway.

Advertising poster by Frederick Charles Herrick for transportation to an exhibition at White City, showing an assemblage of characters representing various advertising trademarks and emblems, including Bibendum, the Michelin Man; Johnnie Walker; and the Kodak Girl, in a station displaying advertising posters

Reopening[edit]

The station was brought back into use on 5 May 1920, with the name Wood Lane (White City), but was open only when an exhibition or event was being staged.

It was served by the Metropolitan line and was between Shepherd's Bush and Latimer Road.

Final renaming and subsequent closure[edit]

The Central line's Wood Lane closed, and was replaced by White City station situated just to the north, on 23 November 1947. The Metropolitan line station changed its name to White City on the same date. It retained this name for the remainder of its existence.

Following a fire in which one of the wooden platforms was destroyed, the Metropolitan line White City station was permanently closed on 24 October 1959, and BBC Television Centre now runs on both sides of the railway. The station at viaduct level was largely demolished; the ticket office at ground level remains and has been repainted, though is not visible from the street.

The entrance from Wood Lane (and a main entrance to the exhibitions) was situated along a road which no longer exists that ran approximately along the line of the entrance to the Television Centre multi-storey car park. The centre point of the platforms was approximately opposite the largest of the BBC satellite dishes to the west of the line.

Diagram of stations in the Shepherd's Bush area showing the location of Wood Lane (White City) station

As part of the plans for the redevelopment of White City, a new Wood Lane station was built on the Hammersmith & City line. Opened on 12 October 2008, it is on the east side of Wood Lane about 100 metres (330 ft) north-east of the former Metropolitan line station.

References[edit]

  • Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground: a Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Capital Transport Publishing. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 

External links[edit]

Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
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Shepherd's Bush
towards Hammersmith
  Metropolitan line
Hammersmith Branch (1920-1959)
  Latimer Road
towards Barking
  Current Services at present-day Wood Lane station  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Hammersmith
Hammersmith & City line
towards Barking
Circle line
towards Edgware Road (via Aldgate)


Coordinates: 51°30′32.37″N 0°13′30.11″W / 51.5089917°N 0.2250306°W / 51.5089917; -0.2250306