Junction Road railway station

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Junction Road
Junction Road station, 1920.png
Location Tufnell Park
Local authority London Borough of Islington
Owner Tottenham & Hampstead Junction Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
1 January 1872 (1872-01-01) Opened
3 May 1943 (1943-05-03) Closed
Other information
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Junction Road railway station (originally Junction Road for Tufnell Park) was a railway station in London (1872-1943). The station was opened by the Tottenham & Hampstead Junction Railway.

It was at the corner of Junction Road and its purpose-built spur, Station Road, in N19 between the districts of Dartmouth Park and Tufnell Park then in the tapering north of the old parish of Islington, resembling the borough today, almost within the Highbury part of Camden (to the west).

It comprised two wooden platforms, accessed by means of a footbridge and stairs, and also served the nearby Tufnell Park goods depot.

Trains from the station generally ran between St Pancras or Kentish Town to Barking or Southend, however over its history trains ran to a number of other locations including Cambridge, Chingford and Victoria.

Railway lines around Junction Road station in 1914

It was initially very heavily used, mainly due to the nearby Metropolitan Cattle Market. At its peak, used in 1902 by over 140,000 passengers.[citation needed] When the nearby Tufnell Park Underground station was opened on the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway (now the Northern line), passenger levels dropped drastically (in a 1937 poem, John Betjeman set a dark poetic lament at "this lonely station"[1]). The station was closed on 3 May 1943 and demolished in the early 1950s; the only remaining evidence of the station is the name "Station Road".

The Gospel Oak to Barking Line is the name for the current, longer line. Calls for this station to be rebuilt, offering an interchange with the Northern line were amassed and presented in 2013. The Mayor of London and Transport for London jointly replied in a standard response to unfunded proposals to non-needy areas in public transport. They had no plans to do so; they will keep the possibility under review.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suicide on Junction Road Station after Abstention from Evening Communion in North London in John Betjeman Collected Poems 2006 editions, John Murray (Publishers); featured in other editions
  2. ^ "Mayor answers to London: Junction Road station". London Assembly. London Assembly. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Highgate Road
(High Level)
towards Gospel Oak or Kentish Town
  Tottenham & Hampstead Junction Railway   Upper Holloway
towards Barking
Highgate Road
(Low Level)
towards Haverstock Hill or Kentish Town
   

Coordinates: 51°33′32″N 0°08′13″W / 51.559°N 0.137°W / 51.559; -0.137