Marlborough Road tube station

Marlborough Road tube station
Marlborough Road
Marlborough Road tube station 1.jpg
Place St. John's Wood
Opened by Metropolitan Railway
Platforms 2
Key dates Opened 1868
Closed 1939
Replaced by St. John's Wood

Marlborough Road is a disused London Underground station. It was opened in 1868 on the Metropolitan & St. John's Wood Railway, the first northward branch extension from Baker Street of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan Line). On contemporary maps the station name is shortened to Marlboro 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 were struggling to share the limited capacity of its tracks between Finchley Road and Baker Street stations. To ease this congestion a new section of deep-level tunnel was constructed between Finchley Road and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street station. The Metropolitan line's Stanmore branch services were then transferred to the Bakerloo (now Jubilee) line on 20 November 1939 and diverted to run into Baker Street in the new tunnels, thus reducing the number of trains using the Metropolitan lines tracks.

Metropolitan Line stations between Finchley Road and Baker Street were closed and a new St. John's Wood station was opened nearby on what is now the Jubilee line.

Even before the closure it had been a little-used station apart from some peak days during cricket season due to its proximity to Lord's tube station.

The street that Marlborough Road station was named after has been renamed Marlborough Place.

The remains of the platforms and an outside shot of the station building and booking hall (an Aberdeen Angus Steak House) were included in a scene from Metro-land, a 1973 BBC documentary presented by Sir John Betjeman. The building contained a Chinese Restaurant up to January 2009 but has now been vacated. It is planned to utilise the building as a new Substation as part of the Power Upgrade Programme for the Metropolitan Line to support the introduction of the new Rolling Stock Fleet.

See also

Other Metropolitan Line stations closed with the opening of the deep tunnel section:

External links

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Metropolitan line

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

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