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Oval tube station

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Oval London Underground
Oval station building.JPG
Station entrance viewed from Kennington Park
Oval is located in Greater London
Location of Oval in Greater London
Location Kennington
Local authority Lambeth
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2012 Increase 6.11 million[1]
2013 Decrease 5.91 million[1]
2014 Increase 6.40 million[1]
2015 Increase 6.97 million[1]
Key dates
18 December 1890 Opened (C&SLR)
29 November 1923[2] closed for rebuilding
1 December 1924 reopened
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°28′55″N 0°06′45″W / 51.4819°N 0.1125°W / 51.4819; -0.1125Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 0°06′45″W / 51.4819°N 0.1125°W / 51.4819; -0.1125
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

Oval is a London Underground station in Kennington of the London Borough of Lambeth. It is on the Northern line between Stockwell and Kennington stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2.[3] It opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the City & South London Railway. It is named after The Oval cricket ground, which it serves.


The station is located at the junction of Kennington Park Road (heading north-east), Camberwell New Road (south-east), Clapham Road (south west) and Harleyford Street (north west) and is about 500 yards from the Oval cricket ground.[4] Also close by are Kennington Park and the imposing St Mark's Church.[4] The station has cricket-themed decorations, with murals, statues and banners all celebrating the illustrious game.[citation needed]


The City and South London railway opened to passengers between Stockwell and King William Street on 18 December 1890, and was both the first standard gauge tube and the first railway to employ electric traction in London. To avoid disturbance of surface buildings the tube was shield-driven at deep level, and much of the work was done via shafts at station sites which later contained the passenger lifts.

Oval tube station was the intended site of one of the attempted London bombings on 21 July 2005.

Station building[edit]

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The Oval station, opened as Kennington Oval, was designed by Thomas Phillips Figgis with elements of early Arts and Crafts and neo-classical detailing. The structure was made distinctive by a lead-covered dome with cupola lantern and weathervane which housed some of the lift equipment; the main part of the building was of red brick. The station building was rebuilt in the early 1920s when the line was modernised and was refurbished during late 2007/early 2008 at street level with a modern tiling scheme inside and out, giving the station a more modern look. Reflecting its proximity to the cricket ground, the internal decorative tiling features large images of cricketers in various stances.

Services and connections[edit]

Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 3–6 minutes between 06:03 and 00:27 in both directions.[5][6]

London Bus routes 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 415 and 436 and night routes N3, N109, N133, N136 and N155 serve the station.[7][8]

In popular culture[edit]

The station was mocked up by the 14-21/04/76 BBC1 series Survivors: The Lights of London parts 1 & 2. However, the filmed site was actually at Camden Town deep-level shelter.[9]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley page75
  3. ^ Transport for London (January 2016). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Google Maps - Oval Tube Station
  5. ^ "Northern line timetable: From Oval Tube Station to Kennington Tube Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Northern line timetable: From Oval Tube Station to Stockwell Tube Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Buses from Kennington Oval" (PDF). Transport for London. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Night buses from Kennington Oval" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Survivors - The Lights of London parts 1 & 2 14-21/04/76 BBC1

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