Marlborough Road tube station
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The station building in 2008
|Location||St John's Wood|
|Number of platforms||2|
|13 April 1868||Opened|
|20 November 1939||Closed|
|Replaced by||St. John's Wood|
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Marlborough Road (sometimes shortened to Marlboro Road) is a disused London Underground station in St John's Wood, north-west London. It opened in April 1868 on the Metropolitan & St. John's Wood Railway, the first northward extension from Baker Street of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan line).
In the mid-1930s the Metropolitan line was suffering congestion at the south end of its main route, where trains from its many branches shared the limited capacity between Finchley Road and Baker Street. To ease this congestion, new deep-level tunnels were constructed between Finchley Road and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street; then, commencing on 20 November 1939, the Metropolitan's services toward Stanmore were transferred to the Bakerloo line (they are now on the Jubilee line) and ran to Baker Street through the new tunnels.
Upon the transfer, Marlborough Road station was closed and replaced by St. John's Wood station on the Bakerloo line; it had been little used, except (owing to its close proximity to Lord's Cricket Ground) during the cricket season.
Shots of the remains of the platforms, and an outside shot of the station building and booking hall—which at the time was in use as a steak restaurant—were included in Metro-Land, a 1973 documentary presented by John Betjeman. The building housed a Chinese restaurant until 2009, and now contains a substation installed as part of the power upgrade programme to support the introduction of S stock on the Metropolitan line.
Marlborough Road itself was renamed Marlborough Place in the 1950s.
Other Metropolitan line stations that closed with the opening of the new Bakerloo tunnels:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marlborough Road tube station.|
- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive - Marlborough Road station, 1933
- "Marlborough Road". London's Abandoned Tube Stations.
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