Oval tube station

Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 0°06′45″W / 51.4819°N 0.1125°W / 51.4819; -0.1125
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Oval London Underground
Station entrance
Oval is located in Greater London
Location of Oval in Greater London
LocationOval, London
Local authorityLambeth
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2017Increase 7.36 million[1]
2018Decrease 7.31 million[2]
2019Decrease 7.17 million[3]
2020Decrease 3.31 million[4]
2021Decrease 3.13 million[5]
Key dates
18 December 1890Opened (C&SLR)
29 November 1923[6]closed for rebuilding
1 December 1924reopened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°28′55″N 0°06′45″W / 51.4819°N 0.1125°W / 51.4819; -0.1125
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Oval is a London Underground station in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is on the Northern line between Kennington and Stockwell stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2.[7] It opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the City and South London Railway and 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.[8] Also close by are Kennington Park and the imposing St Mark's Church.[8]


The City and South London Railway opened to passengers between Stockwell and King William Street on 18 December 1890,[9] and was both the first standard gauge tube and the first railway to employ electric traction in London.[10] To avoid disturbance of surface buildings the construction of the tube was shield-driven at deep level,[11] and much of the work was done via shafts at station sites which later contained the passenger lifts.[12]

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

Station building[edit]

The Oval station, opened as Kennington Oval, was designed by Thomas Phillips Figgis[13] 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 1997/early 1998 at street level with a modern tiling scheme inside and out, adding a full-length glazed canopy and 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.

In 2004 station staff started to use a whiteboard to display a handwritten "thought of the day" from the Tao Te Ching for the benefit of passengers. This idea then spread to other Underground stations such as North Greenwich, where the content relates to events at the nearby O2 Arena.[14]

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.[15][16]

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.[17][18]

In popular culture[edit]

The station was mocked up by the television series Survivors: The Lights of London parts 1 & 2, broadcast on BBC One on 14 and 21 April 1976. However, the filmed site was actually at Camden Town deep-level shelter.[19]



  1. ^ "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  6. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H. V. Borley page 75
  7. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. November 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 November 2022. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  8. ^ a b Google Maps – Oval Tube Station
  9. ^ Rose 1999.
  10. ^ Wolmar 2005, p. 135.
  11. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2005, p. 42.
  12. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2016, p. 74.
  13. ^ "Oval 109 / 270". Art on the Underground. Transport for London. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  14. ^ BBC News, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42666628
  15. ^ "Northern line timetable: From Oval Tube Station to Kennington Tube Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Northern line timetable: From Oval Tube Station to Stockwell Tube Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Buses from Kennington Oval" (PDF). Transport for London. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Night buses from Kennington Oval" (PDF). Transport for London. 28 August 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  19. ^ Survivors – The Lights of London parts 1 & 2 14-21/04/76 BBC1


  • Badsey-Ellis, Antony (2005). London's Lost Tube Schemes. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-293-3.
  • Badsey-Ellis, Antony (2016). Building London's Underground: From Cut-and Cover to Crossrail. Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-8541-4397-6.
  • Rose, Douglas (1999) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-8541-4219-4.
  • Wolmar, Christian (2005) [2004]. The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever. Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-023-1.

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