Green Park tube station


Green Park tube station
Green Park London Underground
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Main entrance
Green Park is located in Central London
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Green Park

Location of Green Park in Central London
Location Piccadilly
Local authority City of Westminster
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 6
Fare zone 1

London Underground annual entry and exit
2008 decrease 29.620 million[1]
2009 decrease 28.259 million[1]
2010 increase 29.370 million[1]

1906 Opened (GNP&BR)
1969 Opened (Victoria)
1979 Opened (Jubilee)

List of stations Underground · National Rail

Coordinates: 51°30′24″N 0°08′34″W / 51.5067°N 0.1428°W / 51.5067; -0.1428

Green Park tube station is a London Underground station located on the north side of Green Park, close to the intersection of Piccadilly and the pedestrian Queen's Walk. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

The station is served by the Piccadilly line, between Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner, the Victoria line, between Victoria and Oxford Circus, and the Jubilee line, between Bond Street and Westminster.

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History and structure

The station was opened on 15 December 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR), the precursor of the Piccadilly line. The station was originally named Dover Street due to its location in that street. When the station was rebuilt in 1933 with escalator access to the platforms, a new sub-surface ticket hall was built to the west under the roadway and new station entrances were constructed on the corner of Piccadilly and Stratton Street and on the south side of Piccadilly. The station name was changed at this time.

With the rebuilding of the station and similar works at Hyde Park Corner, the little-used Piccadilly line station between the two at Down Street was taken out of use.

The Victoria line platforms opened on 7 March 1969; interchange between that line and the Piccadilly line was via the ticket hall (without having to pass through the exit barriers). Even today changing between the Jubilee and Victoria lines and the Piccadilly line involves a long walk. The Jubilee line platforms opened on 1 May 1979, at which time the next station south on the Jubilee Line was its then southern terminus, Charing Cross; those platforms were closed when the Jubilee line was extended on a new alignment towards Westminster; at the same time interchange facilities at Green Park were improved. When travelling south from Green Park on the Jubilee Line, Green Park Junction, where the new line diverges from the old, is visible from the train. While passenger services no longer operate to Charing Cross on the Jubilee Line, the old line is used regularly to reverse trains when the eastern part of the line is closed due to engineering works.

On 9 October 1975, terrorists belonging to the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a bomb outside Green Park tube station, killing a 23-year old Graham Ronald Tuck. Similar attacks during The Troubles resulted in deaths at West Ham station in 1976 and Victoria Station in 1991.

Work commenced in May 2009 to to provide install two lifts from the ticket hall to the Victoria line platforms and an existing interchange passageway giving access to the Piccadilly and Victoria platforms from the lower lift lobby. This work was completed ahead of schedule in August 2011 when the new new lifts were brought into service, along with a third lift between street level and the ticket hall. Although this has enabled the entire station to be step free accessible (the first one within the Circle Line), only the Victoria Line offers level access at platform level on to the trains themselves. The remaining platforms will be upgraded by spring 2012, thereby making the station fully accessible. There is also a new ramp from the ticket hall into the park featuring green walls and a stunning canopy above the staircase and lift on the south side of Piccadilly, the new street structures featuring artwork within the Portland stone cladding designed by John Maine RA.

In popular culture

The opening scene of the 1997 film version of Henry James's The Wings of the Dove was set on the east-bound platforms at both Dover Street and Knightsbridge stations, both represented by the same studio mock-up, complete with a working recreation of a 1906 Stock train.

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Transport links

London Buses routes 9, 14, 19, 22, 38 and C2 serve the station.

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