- Piccadilly Circus tube station
name = Piccadilly Circus
zone = 1
borough = Westminster
latitude = 51.5101
longitude = -0.1340
Piccadilly Circus tube station is the
London Undergroundstation located directly beneath Piccadilly Circusitself, with entrances at every corner. Located in Travelcard Zone 1, the station is on the Piccadilly Linebetween Green Park and Leicester Square and on the Bakerloo Linebetween Charing Cross and Oxford Circus.
Piccadilly Circus was opened
10 March 1906on the Bakerloo Line; the Piccadilly Lineplatforms were opened on 15 December 1906. As originally built it had, like other stations, a surface booking hall (designed, like many in central London built at that time, by Leslie Green). The development of traffic before and after World War Imeant that the need for improved station facilities was acute. It was decided to construct a sub-surface booking hall and circulating area, which would also provide public pedestrian subways, and work was begun to February 1925 and completed in 1928, the architect was Charles Holdenand the builder was John Mowlem & Co: the whole complex cost more than half-a-million pounds. Eleven escalators were provided in two flights, leading to the two Lines served by the station.
The old station building finally closed for traffic on
21 July 1929, it was demolished in the 1980s when the large building on the corner of Piccadilly Circus and Haymarket was constructed.
The Bakerloo platforms at Piccadilly Circus offer a unique view on the network: the back to back layout is itself unusual, but the single tunnel containing a crossover at the north end of the station allows passengers to see both platforms at once. This station can act as an intermediate terminus for southbound Bakerloo Line trains.
The station today
It is one of the few stations which have no associated buildings above ground, the station being fully underground, although some have the booking hall there (Leicester Square and Oxford Circus being two examples).
Picadilly Circus is a proposed stop on the Chelsea-Hackney line, also known as the
Crossrail 2. [http://www.crossrail.co.uk/80256B090053AF4C/Files/chelsea-hackneyline/$FILE/chelsea+hackney+line+safeguarding+leaflet+february+2008.pdf] It would be between London Victoriaand Tottenham Court Roadstations. Effectively a new station would have to be built under the existing levels, possibly as part of a major overhaul of the existing buildings. However there will only be a stop at Picadilly Circus if the Chelsea-Hackney is part of the London Underground and not part of the National Railnetwork this is the same situation with many stations on the proposed route in Central london. The Chelsea-Hackney line is not likely to be completed until at least 2022 .
List of London Underground stations
* [http://photos.ltmcollection.org London Transport Museum Photographic Archive]
**ltmcollection|0m/i0000d0m.jpg|Original station building shortly after opening
**ltmcollection|76/9863476.jpg|Sub-surface ticket hall in 1929
**ltmcollection|64/9847764.jpg|1936 poster showing cut away of underground station arrangement
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