Goodge Street tube station

Goodge Street tube station

Goodge Street is a London Underground station on Tottenham Court Road. It is on the Northern Line between Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street, and is in Travelcard Zone 1. The platforms still retain the tiling pattern of the original Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (CCEHR) company.


It was opened on 22 June 1907 as Tottenham Court Road but changed to the present name on 3 September 1908 when an interchange was built between the previously separate (and differently named) Northern Line and Central Line stations at the present Tottenham Court Road. Goodge Street station changed its name on the same date.

It is one of the few tube stations to still rely on lifts rather than escalators to transport passengers to and from street level. In addition, it is one of the few tube stations with lifts to use the original scheme of separate exit and entrance areas.

Although the station is extremely busy at peak times, the flow is heavily one-sided. Very few people enter the station when the majority are exiting, and vice-versa, and four full lifts travelling in one direction, often return in the opposite direction with only a few people between them.

Deep-level air-raid shelter

Goodge Street is one of eight London Underground stations which has a World War II deep-level air-raid shelter underneath it [cite book
first = Andrew
last = Emmerson
coauthors = Beard, Tony
title = London's Secret Tubes
publisher = Capital Transport Publishing
id = ISBN 1-85414-283-6
pages = pp. 54-58
year = 2004
] . From late 1943 until the end of World War II, the Goodge Street shelter was used by SHAEF (pronounced "shāf") the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. It was from here on 6 June 1944 that General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, broadcast the announcement of the invasion of France. The shelter has two entrances - one on Chenies Street (pictured) and the other on Tottenham Court Road next to the American Church.


External links

* [ London's Transport Museum Photographic Archive]
** ltmcollection|79/9886279.jpg|Goodge Street station, 1925



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