Turnpike Lane tube station

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Turnpike Lane London Underground
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Turnpike Lane is located in Greater London
Turnpike Lane
Turnpike Lane
Location of Turnpike Lane in Greater London
Location Turnpike Lane
Local authority London Borough of Haringey
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 10.29 million[1]
2014 Increase 10.77 million[1]
2015 Increase 10.79 million[1]
2016 Increase 10.86 million[1]
Key dates
19 September 1932 Opened
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1263624[2]
Added to list 17 May 1994
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°35′25″N 0°06′10″W / 51.590386°N 0.102816°W / 51.590386; -0.102816Coordinates: 51°35′25″N 0°06′10″W / 51.590386°N 0.102816°W / 51.590386; -0.102816
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
Platform level.
Decorative ventilation grill.

Turnpike Lane is a station on the Piccadilly line of the London Underground, between Manor House and Wood Green, in Travelcard Zone 3.

It is in the London Borough of Haringey. Opened on 19 September 1932, it was the first Underground station in the Municipal Borough of Tottenham. It is located on the junction of, and directly serves, Turnpike Lane and Green Lanes.

Like all stations on the Cockfosters extension, Turnpike Lane set new aesthetic standards not previously seen on the Underground. During the planning period for the extension to Cockfosters, two alternate names for this station, North Harringay and Ducketts Green (Ducketts Common is located opposite) were considered but rejected.

Architectural style[edit]

The station was designed by the architect Charles Holden and is a well-preserved example of the modernist house style of London Transport in the 1930s. It was listed at Grade II in 1994. The ticket hall is an enormous brick box, with two large ventilation towers, half-sunk into the surrounding ground. Its high walls contain segmented windows that allow natural light to shine far into the station. The effect in late afternoon light is akin to that in a cathedral transept. Two of the street entrances gave access to the tram routes to and from Alexandra Palace via tramway island exits into Turnpike Lane. The tram services were withdrawn in 1938 and replaced by buses; these continued to use the tram islands until 1968, when they were removed.

The sub-surface areas are tiled in biscuit coloured tiles lined with yellow friezes. The booking hall is 12 feet (3.7 metres) below street level.[3] In common with Manor House and Wood Green, the station tunnels have a diameter of 23 feet (7 metres) and were designed for the greater volume of traffic expected. Bounds Green and Southgate have only 21-foot (6.4 metres) diameter platform tunnels. The construction of "suicide pits" between the rails was also innovative. These were built in connection with a system of passageways under the platforms to give access to the track.

The station originally featured a large lamp standard and sign in the space in front of the station which was part of Holden's original design, but this has since been removed.[4]

The bus station at the back of the station complex was covered in 1968 as part of a "reshaping plan" of London bus services. The roof was later removed as part of the rebuilding in the late 1990s.


In May 2013, the government confirmed the station to be on its main consultation route for the Crossrail 2 proposal, to be on the blue-printed Cheshunt branch.[5][6]

Popular culture[edit]

The station is mentioned in the song "Junkie Doll" by Mark Knopfler on his album Sailing to Philadelphia, and also in "Los Angeles Waltz" by Razorlight on their self-titled album Razorlight.


London Buses routes 29, 41, 67, 121, 123, 141, 144, 184, 217, 221, 230, 231, 232, 329, 444 and W4 and night routes N29 and N91 serve the station.


External links[edit]

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