Marlborough Road tube station

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Marlborough Road
Marlborough Road tube station 2.jpg
The station building today
Location St John's Wood
Owner Metropolitan Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
13 April 1868 (1868-04-13) Opened
20 November 1939 (1939-11-20) Closed
Replaced by St. John's Wood
Other information
Lists of stations
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

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).

Site of the old platforms at Marlborough Road

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, deep-level tunnels were constructed between Finchley Road and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street, and the Metropolitan's services toward Stanmore were transferred to the Bakerloo line effective 20 November 1939 (they are now on the Jubilee line) and diverted to Baker Street in the new tunnels.

Marlborough Road station was closed at this time and replaced by St. John's Wood station on the Bakerloo line: it had been little used, apart from during the cricket season due to its close proximity to Lord's Cricket Ground.

The remains of the platforms and an outside shot of the station building and booking hall, then 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 houses 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.

See also[edit]

Other Metropolitan line stations which closed with the opening of the Bakerloo tunnel:

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Metropolitan line
towards Baker Street or Aldgate

Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°10′36″W / 51.53611°N 0.17667°W / 51.53611; -0.17667