Wood Lane (Metropolitan line) tube station

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This article is about the former Wood Lane station which existed 1908-1959. For the present-day Wood Lane station, see Wood Lane tube station. For other stations named Wood Lane or White City, see Stations around Shepherd's Bush.
Wood Lane
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View east over the Hammersmith & City line; the site of Wood Lane station lies south just out of this picture; in the foreground the new station is under construction (just next to the train)
Place Shepherd's Bush
Local authority Hammersmith and Fulham
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 and renamed Wood Lane (White City)
23 November 1947 Renamed White City
24 October 1959 Closed
Replaced by Wood Lane (H&C)
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Wood Lane (White City from 1947) was a station in west London on the Hammersmith branch of the Metropolitan Railway (now London Underground's Hammersmith & City line). It was on the viaduct adjacent to the bridge over Wood Lane and close to a similarly named station on the Central London Railway. The stations each side were Shepherd's Bush (now Shepherd's Bush Market) and Latimer Road.


Underground to Wood Lane to anywhere: International Advertising Exhibition at the White City, November 29 to December 4, 1920. Advertising poster by Frederick Charles Herrick for subway transportation to an exhibition at White City, London, showing an assemblage of characters representing various advertising trademarks and emblems, including Bibendum, the Michelin Man; Johnnie Walker; and the Kodak Girl, in a subway station displaying advertising posters

The two Wood Lane stations were opened in 1908 to serve the Franco-British Exhibition and the 1908 Summer Olympics in the area that was to become known as White City. Wood Lane (Metropolitan Line) opened on 1 May 1908 and Wood Lane (Central Line) opened on 14 May 1908. Both stations were intended to be temporary and to be closed after the exhibition. Wood Lane (Metropolitan Line) was closed on 31 October 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War.

The station was brought back into use on 5 May 1920, but was open only when an exhibition was being staged.

Wood Lane (Central line) closed and was replaced by White City station to the north on 23 November 1947 and the Metropolitan line station changed its name to "White City" on the same date.

Following a fire in which one of the wooden platforms was destroyed, the station closed on 24 October 1959, and the BBC Television Centre development now runs on both sides of the railway. The station at viaduct level was demolished and little is left of it. The ticket office at ground level remains: it has been repainted and is not visible from public property.

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

New station[edit]

Underground stations in Shepherd's Bush area showing the location of Wood Lane/White City station
The new Wood Lane station (2008)

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 station.

See also[edit]


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

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  Latimer Road
towards Barking
  Current Services at present-day Wood Lane station  
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Coordinates: 51°30′32.37″N 0°13′30.11″W / 51.5089917°N 0.2250306°W / 51.5089917; -0.2250306