Lancaster Gate tube station


Lancaster Gate tube station

Lancaster Gate is a London Underground station located near Lancaster Gate on Bayswater Road in Bayswater (City of Westminster), to the north of Kensington Gardens. It is between Queensway and Marble Arch on the Central Line. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

History

The station opened on July 30, 1900 as part of the Central London Railway (now the Central Line). The original station building was typical of the work of the line's original architect Harry Bell Measures but this structure was demolished and a new surface building constructed as part of the hotel development above in c1965.

The station today

The station suffers from being located between a quiet and relatively expensive residential area, and Hyde Park. Few of the surrounding residents choose to use the underground system, and as such the station has less patronage than other central area tube stations - 38,500 per week. Lancaster Gate has one lift shaft with two lifts in use.

Aside from the many hotels, including the neighbouring Royal Lancaster Hotel the area is particularly quiet, lacking shops, restaurants, bars, or other entertainment venues, despite being close to central London, although the far busier Paddington area is only 5 minutes' walk away which does have many shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. The area surrounding Lancaster Gate station has some stunning views and wealthy residents.

Redevelopment

The station was closed from 3 July 2006 until 13 November 2006 so that the lifts and station could be refurbished. [cite web | url=http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/travelinfo/lancaster-gate-closure.pdf | title=Lancaster Gate Closure | accessdate=2006-07-03 | year=2006 | format=PDF | publisher=Transport for London]

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