Marlborough Road tube station

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Marlborough Road
Marlborough Road tube station 2.jpg
The station building in 2008
Marlborough Road is located in Central London
Marlborough Road
Marlborough Road
Location of Marlborough Road in Central London
Location St John's Wood
Owner Metropolitan Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
13 April 1868 (1868-04-13) Opened
20 November 1939 (1939-11-20) Closed
Replaced by St. John's Wood
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°10′36″W / 51.53611°N 0.17667°W / 51.53611; -0.17667
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Marlborough Road (sometimes shortened to Marlboro Road) is a disused London Underground station in St John's Wood, north-west London. It opened in April 1868 on the Metropolitan & St. John's Wood Railway, the first northward extension from Baker Street of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan line).

Site of the old platforms at Marlborough 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 shared the limited capacity between Finchley Road and Baker Street. To ease this congestion, new deep-level tunnels were constructed between Finchley Road and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street; then, commencing on 20 November 1939, the Metropolitan's services toward Stanmore were transferred to the Bakerloo line (they are now on the Jubilee line) and ran to Baker Street through the new tunnels.

Upon the transfer, Marlborough Road station was closed and replaced by St. John's Wood station on the Bakerloo line; it had been little used, except (owing to its close proximity to Lord's Cricket Ground) during the cricket season.

Shots of the remains of the platforms, and an outside shot of the station building and booking hall—which at the time was in use as a steak restaurant—were included in Metro-Land, a 1973 documentary presented by John Betjeman. The building housed a Chinese restaurant until 2009, and now contains a substation installed as part of the power upgrade programme to support the introduction of S stock on the Metropolitan line.

Marlborough Road itself was renamed Marlborough Place in the 1950s.

See also

Other Metropolitan line stations that closed with the opening of the new Bakerloo tunnels:

External links

  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive - Marlborough Road station, 1933
  • "Marlborough Road". London's Abandoned Tube Stations. 
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towards Baker Street or Aldgate
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