Turnpike Lane tube station
|Local authority||London Borough of Haringey|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|19 September 1932||Opened|
|Added to list||17 May 1994|
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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.
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 The tram services were withdrawn in 1938 and replaced by buses; these continued to use the tram islands until 1968, when they were removed.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. 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.
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.
- "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. March 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
- Historic England. "Turnpike Lane London Regional Transport Underground Station (1263624)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- "Underground Journeys: Turnpike Lane". Royal Institute of British Architects. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011.
- "Crossrail 2 consultation opens". BBC News. 14 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09.
- https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail/june-2014/user_uploads/crossrail-2-2014-consultation-non-technical-summary.pdf Page 7 of 20 Crossrail 2 Regional Option
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- "Underground Journeys: Turnpike Lane". Royal Institute of British Architects. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. - Architectural history and photograph of Turnpike Lane in 1932
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
Proposed station never built
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
towards New Southgate