Aldwych Station (Closed) :: Shared Description

Aldwych is a closed station on the London Underground, located in the City of Westminster in central London. It was opened in 1907 with the name Strand, after the street on which it is located, and was the terminus and only station on the short Piccadilly line branch from Holborn that was a relic of the merger of two railway schemes. The station building is close to the junction of Strand and Surrey Street, near Aldwych. During its lifetime, the branch was the subject of a number of unrealised extension proposals that would have seen the tunnels through the station extended southwards, usually to Waterloo.
Served by a shuttle train for most of their life and suffering from low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for closure several times. A weekday peak hours-only service survived until closure in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high compared to the income generated.
Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used during both World Wars to shelter artworks from London's public galleries and museums from bombing.
The station has long been popular as a filming location and has appeared as itself and as other London Underground stations in a number of films. In recognition of its historical significance, the station is a Grade II listed building. LinkExternal link
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TQ3080 : Aldwych Station by N Chadwick
TQ3080 : Former Strand Station by N Chadwick
TQ3080 : Aldwych Station by N Chadwick
TQ3080 : Aldwych Station (Closed) by N Chadwick


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Created: Sun, 4 Jan 2015, Updated: Sun, 4 Jan 2015

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