TQ2879 : Victoria Station, Wilton Road

taken 9 years ago, near to Westminster, Great Britain

Victoria Station, Wilton Road
Victoria Station, Wilton Road
Not the most architecturally interesting of London's termini, and no doubt few of the millions pouring in and out of it lift their eyes from the pavement to give it a second glance. As is apparent, it is really two separate buildings, unified by Southern Railway in the 1920s. The railway dates to c1860 but the Portland stone section on the left - recently cleaned and dazzlingly white - dates from c1909-10, by Alfred Blomfield and W.J. Ancell for the London, Chatham & Dover Railway. Its much bulkier neighbour pre-dates it by four years. Grade II listed.
Further right is part of the Grosvenor Hotel, its extravagant French roofline reminiscent of the bra Madonna used to wear on-stage (TQ2879 : Grosvenor Hotel, Buckingham Palace Road).
The organised chaos in front is part of an ambitious overhaul of the tube station, the second busiest on the network, after Waterloo, used by some eighty million passengers in 2010. It regularly has to be closed during the rush hour because of congested platforms. In effect everything will be bigger and better, and a new ticket hall will appear on Bressenden Place (TQ2979 : Development, Bressenden Place (1)). Work started earlier this year, or even perhaps last year, but is not scheduled to finish until late 2018. The above-ground disruption, interrupted by the Olympics, is concerned with diverting sewers and electricity cables.
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Date Taken
Monday, 15 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 4 November, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2895 7905 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.7416N 0:8.6292W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2899 7909
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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