Brixton tube station
Brixton tube station, a station on the
London Undergroundopened on July 23 1971, is the southern terminus of the Victoria Line.
It is located in
Brixton Road, and is about 100m from Brixton railway station[London Underground map] (on the London Victoria to Orpington line, operated by South Eastern). From the ticket hall, three escalators take passengers to and from the platforms. There are also passenger lifts between street level, the ticket hall and the platforms. The station was briefly closed for asbestosremoval in 2006.
The station is laid out as a two-track terminus with a scissors crossover north of the station, and the line continues for a short distance south of the station platforms to form a pair of sidings. These are used for the overnight stabling of a pair of trains which then form the morning's first two northbound services.
There has been speculation regarding the possibility of extending the Victoria Line past Brixton and put in a loop which trains would run around with a single-platform station under Herne Hill mainline station, speeding up operations on the line by reducing the number of conflicting train movements at the scissors crossover. As the Victoria Line is already very heavily loaded and would not cope well with any extra passengers such considerations may well prevent such a plan going any further.
In popular culture
A poor replica of Brixton tube station was featured briefly in the TV show "Lost" in the episode "Fire & Water", which aired in 2006. The token placement of a red telephone box, black taxi cab and a London Underground sign betrays the scene being shot in
Honolulu, where all urban scenes in the series are realized.
List of London Underground stations
* [http://www.urban75.org/brixton/features/brixton_tube.html Brixton tube station at urban75.org]
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