Shepherd's Bush tube station (Central Line)
Shepherd's Bush is a
London Undergroundstation in Shepherd's Bush, west London. On the Central Line, the station is between White City and Holland Park stations, in Travelcard Zone 2. It re-opened on 5 October 2008after being closed for eight months for refurbishment work, which included replacing the original building with a completely new one, and replacement of its escalators.
An entirely separate London Underground station, also called "Shepherd's Bush tube station" but on the
Hammersmith and City Linewas located approximately 600m away. However, that station was be renamed Shepherd's Bush Market in 2008.
The station opened on
30 July 1900and was the original western terminus of the Central London Railway (CLR).cite web
title=Central Line, Dates
work=Clive's Underground Lines Guide
accessdate=2008-01-10] Like all CLR stations, the surface building was designed by
Harry Bell Measures. To the north of the station was located the CLR's power stationand Wood Lane depot which was originally accessed by a single track tunnel. The eastbound tunnel ended to the west of the station in a dead-end reversing siding with a cross-over junction connecting it to the westbound tunnel.cite web
title=The Central Line at White City
work=Tube Prune (The Tube Professionals' Rumour Network)
accessdate=2008-01-10] When the now disused Wood Lane station was opened on
14 May 1908to the north, a loop tunnel was created connecting to the eastbound tunnel.
As part of London Transport's New Works Programme, 1935 - 1940, escalators were installed to replace the original lifts and in 1938, the platforms were lengthened along with those of the other existing Central Line stations to accommodate eight cars instead of the previous seven.
Current and future developments
As part of the proposals for the redevelopment of the White City site, an integrated bus interchange and connection to a new
Network Rail Shepherd's Bush railway stationon the West London Lineis planned. The new Network Rail station opened on 28 September2008 and is close to the site of the closed Uxbridge Road station site. The bus station is still under construction as of October 2008.
However, the closure of the Central line station caused local controversy, as it was felt by some that the works had been timed to benefit incoming businesses involved in the planned redevelopment of the area, at the cost of local residents and small business holders. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7223955.stm "Tube station closure sparks anger"] ,
The timing of the works to the station were indeed related to the incoming businesses as the
Westfield Londonhad to pay for the upgrading of the station as part of a Section 106contribution
In February 2008 the station was closed by
Transport for Londonfor redevelopment work. However, in documents revealed by local MP Andy Slaughter, LU's contractor Metronetadvised that they could complete the work without closure [Cite news| url=http://viewer.zoho.com/docs/xIEda |date=2008-07-16 |accessdate=2008-07-17 |title=LU internal documents retrieved by Andy Slaughter MP's Freedom of Information request |work=Andy Slaughter MP] .
Campaigners against the closure, led by Andy Slaughter, claimed vindication for their view that the station could have been kept open, and that London Underground closed the station in response to pressure from the Westfield development. [Cite news| url=http://www.labouronline.org/wibs/166818/home?PageId=b7276867-6620-3314-69b2-da9370cc66fd |date=2008-07-16 |accessdate=2008-07-17 |title=Secret Documents show Shepherds Bush Station did not have to close |work=Andy Slaughter MP] .
Shepherd's Bush stations
* [http://photos.ltmcollection.org London Transport Museum Photographic Archive]
** ltmcollection|06/9920606.jpg|Ticket hall, 1926
** ltmcollection|s2/i0000ns2.jpg|Shepherd's Bush, 1935
** ltmcollection|65/9888765.jpg|Ticket hall, 1939
* [http://www.alwaystouchout.com/project/24 Details of infrastructure improvements]
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